An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

“[We] drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat, went to sleep and didn’t get up until the next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, “Kid, we found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it.” And I said, “Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope under that garbage.”

Arlo Guthrie, Alice’s Restaurant

Family, friends, and food. And football, if one considers the Detroit Lions brand of play to be “football.”  And no decorating to speak of, and no presents to buy, wrap, and return. Is this a great holiday or what? As you ponder the meaning of the day, perhaps consider this from Reverend Robert Dunham:

“We might cultivate a style of gratitude that bothers to count blessings, to ‘name them one by one.’ Harry Emerson Fosdick once observed that in his experience those who reflect on their lives and conclude that they have received far less than they deserve tend to be those from whom no great living comes. Others evaluate their lives, think they have broken about even, and conclude they got about what they deserve. Rarely do you see exceptional living from them either.  However, those who readily reckon they have received far more than they deserve are among those do indulge in great living.”

We’ve got lists for everything else, so why not create one for what we’re grateful for? Such a list may help us keep matters in perspective, especially when going through tough times.  

Here’s wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, including an Alice’s Restaurant-style dinner that can’t be beat.  

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