By Suzanne Sparrow Watson
Those of you who are regular readers know that my house has revolted this year, requiring untold repairs and replacements. Last Sunday my husband heard a loud “boom” emanating from the garage – that is never a good sign. Sure enough, our hot water heater had exploded. Luckily, we had a pan underneath it, sparing my Christmas ornaments from a watery grave. The next day the plumber installed a new one. He was no further than the end of our street when I turned on our under counter lights and blew the transformer. I wanted to scream. Instead, I did what any sensible person would do – poured myself a glass of wine and decided to take this one in stride. I had just spent the weekend watching the fires in California and the absolute devastation they wreaked. I thought about how many thousands of people wished that their only problem was a few repairs. I was reminded of the saying by Confucius: “I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet.” Sometimes we can get so caught up in minor problems we forget to just be thankful for all that is so good in our lives. So this Thanksgiving week I am feeling very grateful for a house that is standing, a wonderful family and caring friends. In the spirit of the week, I am sharing a few quotes about gratitude.
Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. Leroy “Satchel” Paige
Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Aesop
Find the good and praise it. Alex Hailey (This one comes in handy for anyone eating my cooking)
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault
This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. Maya Angelou
What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. Brene Brown
Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone. Gertrude Stein
Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems. Zig Ziglar
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. John F. Kennedy
My brother and I are indeed thankful for all of you who read our blog. We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!