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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #1007 - #Gratitude

22 Nov, 2021


"When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow."
Shauna Niequist

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am grateful because thorns have roses."
Alphonse Karr

I haven't been feeling very grateful lately--
overwhelmed with the woes
of family, friends, and our faltering country--
so it's a good time to remind myself--
maybe for you, too, to remind yourselves--
of all we have:
air to breathe
and water to drink
and food when we're hungry,
sun and wind and rain,
mountains and hills,
forests of trees and bushes,
land to grow things (including towns and cities),
roads and bridges
and places to go
(even if we have to wear a mask to get there
and/or when we arrive).

And, of course, love to sustain us
and work to make it better.
Love and work.
Work and love.
Whatever it is we do,
whoever it is we love,
hopefully we make something better with it all--
our lives, our community, our country, the world.

I need the gratitude--
not to be happy--
the joy and sweetness will come when they do--
but to regain the strength
for the struggle
to keep working
to make it better.

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