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February 21, 2022 3 min read

Here at Sister & Soul, we love the thought of people giving gifts ‘just because’. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother's Day and other occasions marked by us or the society in which we live are all worth celebrating, however, how sweet it is to receive an unexpected gift of thanks.

We also love it when we hear that gifts of thanks are given for seemingly the smallest gestures. Gifts that show the thankful spirit of the giver, we think there is nothing sweeter.

And so to celebrate thankfulness, here are 6 of our most favourite quotes about thankfulness. We hope they inspire you to see what you have and say thank you to those you really appreciate. 

 

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being.  Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light." 

 by Albert Schweitzer

 

We picked this quote to share first because we can all relate to having been down, stuck or in a desperate situation where our inner light, our spark, our zest for living has seemingly vanished. Certain ones friends, family maybe, nurtured us, sat with us in the pit of our despair, tried to understand and did not judge our pain as merely melancholy. They stood when many sat down on their hands and did nothing. They validated our hurt and told us we weren't crazy for feeling. They passed on light and rekindled our own. 

 

"Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”

by Marcus Aurelius

 

Wise words if there were any! Think of one thing you have. Think of what it would be like not to have it. Many of us immediately feel a sense of reverence, humility even and can do nothing more but whisper or shout a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to the sky. When we are awake to the beauty and abundance around us, wanting turns to thanking every time.

 

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

by L. M. Montgomery

 

Beautiful words from an illustrious writer. This quote makes us breathe deeply and exhale with a dreamy sign. The natural world is so beautiful and being thankful for the wonder and awe of seasons, landscapes, seaways, and all the weird and wild expressions of nature, makes life so much more enjoyable. Not only does thankfulness for the earth make life more pleasant, it also compels us to want to care and preserve the part of the world in which we live. Our native flora and fauna need us to care and care is created through thankfulness. 

 

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”

by William Blake

 

A poet never lies and William Blake is no exception. A grateful heart knows no poverty. Thankfulness allows us to see what we receive as a harvest. There are no small wins, no tiny miracles, no little offerings. There is only ever a reaping. Imagine if everyone on earth had the perception that there was no such thing as a morsel; there was only plenty. Greed would not exist and every heart would be joyous

 

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”

by Thomas Goodwin

 

In this quote, Goodwin emphasises that when we receive things that are ‘won with prayer’ meaning what we can not gain by our good efforts or buy for ourselves, things we are in desperate need of, it is as sweet as anything received with thankfulness. Being grateful brings a kind of relief, an ease, a sense of peace. We think everybody needs more of that.

 

"Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”

by Harry A. Ironside

 

Thankful people are happy people. They are resourceful, hopeful and creative. To be dissatisfied is to be miserable. We love this quote because it doesn't just talk of the disease, it also offers the cure. If you are discontent, thankfulness is your ‘get out of jail free card’. Start with being truly attentive to all the ways goodness turn up in your life, be thankful and watch disgruntlement slip out the side door of your soul. 


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