Fill your heart with Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on the little (and big) things and little (and older) people we so often take for granted
How timely to find one of my mom's Thanksgiving-themed clippings... clippings she liked to call 'keepers.'
This one was from one of the Junior League of Boca Raton's newsletter magazines from years past, at a time when Barbara Hill served as League President.
Hill wrote "Little did the Pilgrims know when they celebrated the first Thanksgiving what a significant holiday Thanksgiving would become in our modern world. In a world in which we have so much, we take so little of our precious time to acknowledge our blessings. The quiet reflection of what we each have to be thankful for elicits feelings of warmth and love. The following poem, written by an unknown author, puts it this way:"
Fill your Heart This Thanksgiving
Take nothing for granted, for whenever you do,
The ‘joy of enjoying’ is lessened for you.
For we rob our own lives much more than we know,
When we fail to respond or in any way show
Our thanks for the blessings that daily are ours...
The warmth of the sun, the fragrance of flowers,
The beauty of twilight, the freshness of dawn,
The coolness of dew on a green velvet lawn.
The kind little deeds so thoughtfully done,
The favors of friends and the love that someone
Unselfishly gives us in a myriad of ways,
Expecting no payment and no words of praise...
Oh, great is our loss when we no longer find
A thankful response to things of this kind.
For the JOY of ENJOYING and the FULLNESS of LIVING
are found in the heart that is filled with THANKSGIVING.
I need these reminders all of the time.
Especially today. Especially this year.
Hope it puts a little something in your heart, too... Happy Thanksgiving, Friends xoxo
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