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wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages
is preserved into
perpetuity by a nation's proverbs,
fables, folk sayings and quotations."
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
Food for Thought - December 2013
"Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality
in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart."
~ Washington Irving
"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions
of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his
youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and
~ Charles Dickens
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and
behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale
"One of the most important aspects about family traditions -
that families continue to do year after year - is that
symbols and families need symbols. You
bring out the old glass, you
sing the old songs, you say the
same prayer, you wear a certain
outfit, you set the table a
~ Dr. Stephen J. Wolin
Thought for the Holiday Season:
LISTEN intently to the people with whom you are traveling
your journey. Listen deeply; it is a great gift.
OPTIMIZE the time you have with your loved ones; we do
know our last hour; don't postpone giving your love.
V VALUE the people in your life, really notice their goodness.
E EXPRESS your gratitude, appreciation and praise.
~ Mary Manin Morrissey
“Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold
Food for Thought - November 2013
“Ah! On Thanksgiving Day, when from East and from West
from North and from South come pilgrim and guest,
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
The old broken links of affection restored,
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before,
What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?"
~ ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the
highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor.
Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light!
Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!"
~ Henry Ward Beecher
"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children
grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanks-
giving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A
is resentful, negative - or thankful. Thankful children
give, they radiate happiness, they draw people."
~ Sir John Templeton
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
~ Thornton Wilder
"For hearts that are kindly, with virtue and peace,
and not seeking blindly a hoard to increase;
for those who are grieving o'er life's sordid plan;
for souls still believing in heaven and man;
for homes that are lowly with love at the board;
for things that are holy, I thank thee, O Lord!"
~ Walt Mason
"To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take
for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind-
ness that stands
behind the action. Nothing that is done for you
is a matter of course.
Everything originates in a will for the good
which is directed at you.
Train yourself never to put off the
word or action for the expression
~ Albert Schweitzer
"Gratitude is the heart's memory."
~ French Proverb
"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude
generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven."
~ Johannes A. Gaertner
Some quotes courtesy Apple Seeds.
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