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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gratitude

Gratitude is usually defined as a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. “Thank you” probably ranks right up there with the first sentences you taught your children to say right? Why? Not only because it is the polite thing to do, but because we all need to feel appreciated. Thankful people are just more pleasant to be around. Right? Sure! And heck, if that alone is not enough reason to be more thankful, and to teach our children to be more thankful, scientists have linked gratitude to mental and physical well-being. Uh huh. It's true! These studies show that truly grateful people report higher levels of life satisfaction, vitality, and optimism while also feeling less depressed and stressed during those inevitable rough patches. The best thing you can do to help your children develop a thankful heart is to be a good role model. Feel grateful and you will radiate gratitude! It will positively ooze from every pore!
Remember to say thank you to your children when they clean up their rooms, even if the job they do is not exactly up to your specifications or even those of the local board of health. Say thanks to the rookie waitress who, although trying her very best, still forgets your baked potato & brings you a regular Coke instead of a Diet Coke. 3 separate times. Say thank you to your wife for always being there for you, yes, even when you leave your boxers on the bathroom floor and toothpaste in the sink.
As you lay your head on the pillow each night, think about the good things, the often little, overlooked things that made you smile, laugh, and feel good. Those things are there, I promise you that. Even in the midst of frustration, emotional pain and sorrow, they are there.
A beautiful sunset, a cooling breeze on a sticky Summer night. Perfectly brewed iced tea, a good, really engrossing book, a song that gets your foot tapping in spite of yourself. Oh but life can be so sweet when we take the time to be thankful for those small things that all alone, never seem to amount to much. But put them all together and oh what magic they can perform in our lives.
At Thanksgiving, and every day, I am filled with gratitude for those things that lift my spirits, sustain me and lighten my heart...my husband, my children, my brother, sister in law and nephew. My Mom and the memories of my father and my mother & father in law. Our friends who truly are family to us. The family's pets...Kipper, Lucy, Henry, Abby and Casey.
And our little home, Rabbit Run Cottage, and the dear neighbors who surround us. These are my most precious blessings...well those and my collection of Brian Dennehy movies but that goes without saying right?
I am also so very thankful to have each and every one of you, my dear blogging friends, in my life. You bring me joy, laughter, inspiration, support and love. Each of you owns a piece of my heart...now and forever. Happy Thanksgiving...may God bless you and all those you love.
Love and hugs,
Susie Q

20 comments:

Deb said...

A beautiful Thankful post Susie. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!

Deb
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Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

What a beautiful post dear Bunny Lady. You have such a calm and beautiful soul and I am thankful to have met you through blogging. Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. xxoo

Cheryl Wray said...

Such a wonderful Thanksgiving post. We DO have so much to be thankful for, don't we?...both the big and the little things.

(btw...I love your banner. Too cute!!)

Smilingsal said...

Confess: who REALLY wrote this: "Say thank you to your wife for..." not you!

Andi said...

I too am filled with gratitude for so many things Sue. I enjoyed your post and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Love, Andi

-Jennifer said...

Happy Thanksgiving Sue!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Great post!!

M ^..^

Shelia said...

Evening, Susie! Thank you for the lovely post toady. I pray you have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Meggie said...

So beautifully said, Sue...as usual! Wishing you, Bill, Dan and Grace a most blessed Thanksgiving.

Sheila said...

You took the words right out of my mouth -- only you say it so much better than me! This is the philosophy that I live by! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Happy Thanksgiving Susie Q!
I'm thankful for blogging friends like you!
Becky

Terri and Bob said...

As a school principal I often see a huge sense of entitlement in our students... wondering now (after reading your post) if it isn't just that no one has shown gratitude for them, so they don't know any other way. Hmmm something new to think about it!

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Thank You Susie. That was beautiful. Hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving. You are right, we have a lot to be thankful for.

Jill said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Melissa said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Susie Q!

nikkicrumpet said...

All so true...And I am thankful I found you in blogland..you make me smile and brighten my day. I hope you and your wonderful family have a simply marvelous laughter filled Thanksgiving day!

Strawberry Lane said...

Lovely post, much to think about! There are so many things to be thankful for ... big and small!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

FHL said...

Happy Thanksgiving Susie!!!

Hugs :o)
M~

salmagundi said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was the best! Thanks for leaving a comment this a.m. Glad to know someone else had dishes to do. I really don't mind doing them too much and getting the kitchen back in order!!! Have a great weekend. Sally

Jeanie said...

First, a fabulous image. Next, a post that makes me smile, warms my heart and reminds me -- gratitude is a 24/7 thing -- not a single day in a year. Thank YOU for this lovely spot!