Illustration from N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims
"Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise."
As I reflect on my many blessings this year, I have decided that it is a true gift to live in Thanksgiving daily. These past few months have brought so many things to my life. I have entered a world of cancer patients, and those who care for them. I have been overwhelmed by kindness, competence, generosity, nurturing, gifts, compassion, empathy, advice, and laughter. Overall, I have found much for which to be grateful. I have always been told that I could choose my own attitude in my life, but for some reason, I have always had a long list of rationalizations as to why I really was not in control of my own attitude. Or rather, I was constantly justifying my bad attitude. But I notice the more grateful I am, the better life is, and so living in Thanksgiving daily is something worth pursuing. I hope you all have a wonderful celebration with people you love, and that blessings will surround you and wash over you throughout this day and the upcoming year. Happy Thanksgiving!