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Finding Words of Thanks

The First Thanksgiving by flickr user skitpero

Thanksgiving…the name of the holiday is a self-descriptor. Giving thanks. This season of reflection joins families and friends all over the nation and asks for pause to remember what is important---or what should be more important. Perhaps that is why transforming feelings of gratitude into words can be such a challenge. Every Thanksgiving, my family gathers around the table at my aunt’s farm in Florida and we take turns sharing what we are thankful for. We acknowledge what we possibly have taken for granted, overlooked, or simply avoided. There is plenty to give thanks for, however I always struggle to put it into words.

If you also struggle to find the proper toast, let our Big Read wordsmiths assist. Once the turkey, tofu, or turducken is set at the table, raise a glass to all you have to be thankful for, and share some of our favorite words about life, living, and taking it all in.


“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” ---Emily Dickinson

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” ---Ray Bradbury

“No matter how far a person can go, the horizon is still way beyond you.” ---Zora Neale Hurston

“I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.” ---Jack London

“Not enjoyment, and not sorrow is our destined way, but to act, that each tomorrow may find us further than today.” ---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“There is only one time that is important---NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power."      ---Leo Tolstoy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ---Mark Twain


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