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Be present gratefully

“Look back forgivingly,” Maya Angelou once said. “Look forward prayerfully. Be present in the present gratefully.”

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Wine for the soul

“Gratitude is wine for the soul,” said Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet. “The emotion of gratitude has so much energy that people get uplifted when we express it. Gratitude gets us drunk with a different texture of love that makes us realize the beauty and marvel of life.”

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Three gifts

“Life is the first gift, love is the second and understanding the third,” wrote poet Marge Piercy.

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A new day

I am going to remember to be thankful during this holiday season. I will be thankful for each new day. As Maya Angelou once said, “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen it before.” –Joy

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Happy Thanksgiving

Even if it rains and some of my relatives are grumpy and the dressing is overcooked, I am going to have a happy day. I’ll remember to be grateful. As someone once said, “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” –Joy

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Devout thanksgiving

I usually spend thanksgiving with my family, and I am truly thankful for my husband and children. This year, I also am remembering how thankful I am for my friends. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends,” Emerson once wrote. –Joy

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No thank yous

I am not surprised, but I am still appalled. I am helping create “graduation boxes” filled with things like a soap dish and shower shoes and a first-aid kit for high school seniors at Trinity River Mission, which serves mostly Hispanics in West Dallas. Volunteers and staff at TRM have provided tutoring for these students […]

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The cherry on the top

Marcus Borg wrote his book Convictions after his 70th birthday. “At 70, I primarily feel gratitude,” he wrote in the first chapter. “Each extra day feels like lagniappe, a Cajun French word that means ‘something extra’—like the cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of the hot fudge on top of the ice […]

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What I don’t need

“How many things there are which I do not need!” Socrates once said. That’s a good quote for me to remember when I am buying presents for my family and friends. There are many things that I really don’t need—and many things that my friends and family really don’t need. I found Socrate’s seasonal advice […]

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A garden without flowers

Our friends Mark and Eva, who now live in Washington state, came to visit, and we ate hamburgers cooked outside on the grill and Greek potato salad that I made with a new recipe. Then, our friends Ken and Gail came over, and the six of us shared conversation and chocolate cake. The next day, […]

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