“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero
We have finally arrived at the time of year when we are expected to express our thankfulness and gratitude. At least that’s the opinion of many folks. In my opinion, we need more holidays to express our thankfulness. I will say that I am thankful that we do have at least one holiday on the calendar dedicated simply to the emotion and expression of being thankful.
Thankfully, literature and books are filled with thankfulness quotes from famous people. I could simply fill up this page with thankfulness quotes. That act would only show you a tiny fraction of what is available.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”–Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder said it eloquently. Not only do we feel more alive when we feel thankful, we seem to be more happy, as well.
There are times when we must struggle in our efforts to feel gratitude. In a round about sort of manner, Mark Twain shares a somewhat sarcastic note regarding his feelings about thankfulness. This particular item is particularly poignant in light of the present day criminality regarding certain financial institutions. I’m sure that many people can relate to this published opinion piece:
“You ask me for a sentiment which shall state how much I have to be thankful for this time. For years it has been a rule with me not to expose my gratitude in print on Thanksgiving Day, but I wish to break the rule now and pour out my thankfulness; for there is more of it than I can contain without straining myself. I am thankful — thankful beyond words — that I had only $51,000 on deposit in the Knickerbocker Trust, instead of a million; for if I had had a million in that bucket shop, I should be nineteen times as sorry as I am now. Trusting this paean of joy will satisfy your requirement.
I am Yours truly, Mark Twain.”–letter to editor of New York World, 27 October 1907
I couldn’t have said it better than that. At least those of us who can read this bluejayblog post on the web can express our thanks for the knowledge that we at least have the basic ingredients to continue and to enhance our own lives.
Sometimes we have difficulty narrowing down our gratitude. At those times we simply have a global sense of thankfulness.
“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”–William Shakespeare
That quotation brings us again to the basic foundational reason for expressing our thankfulness.
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”–Seneca
Thank you for being a bluejayblog reader. I hope you and your loved ones will enjoy a happy attitude of gratitude today and in all the days to follow.
The Blue Jay of Happiness hopes you’ll be back tomorrow for a little storytime fun.