Thanksgiving is a time to get together with loved ones and express appreciation for the blessings in our lives.
As a father who has a son living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, I know it’s not always easy to recognize that our lives are filled with many things to be thankful for. I have to acknowledge the fact that my son has a devastating disease that slowly, but surely, continues to progress and rob him of physical abilities. It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in thinking about the challenges of living with Duchenne and worrying about what the future might hold.
Yet, if we only focus on the difficult circumstances and hardship in our lives, we can have trouble recognizing all the amazing things that exist as well. How can we possibly experience the joy those blessings bring if we don’t acknowledge their presence?
When you’re thankful for the goodness in your life, you recognize and experience more of it.
With that in mind, I want to share a few of my favorite quotes about gratitude to help inspire you as we head into the holiday season.
15 Quotes to Consider this Holiday Season
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” – Chief Tecumseh
“The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein
“So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.” – Helen Keller
“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” – H.A. Ironside
“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” – Michael Josephson
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”– Melody Beattie
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.” – Seneca
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – Gilbert Chesterton
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
“He enjoys much who is thankful for little.”
– Thomas Secker
“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” – James E. Faust
“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”
– Doris Day
“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
And perhaps most important of all…
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”- John F. Kennedy
Lastly, I want you all to know how incredibly grateful I am for the opportunity to be part of this amazing community. I hope you enjoy a Thanksgiving feast and have lots of fun on this wonderful occasion. May you have a home filled with joy, laughter, hope, and love, not only during the holidays, but always. Happy Thanksgiving!