— Elizabeth Gilbert
As more people find their way to our blog, I think it is important to say thank you.
I do everything I can to thank the people in my life who make my life good in every sense of the world.
Please know how inspiring and motivating it is to see readers, new and seasoned vets, come by our blog and share in our optimism.
In the beginning, middle, and end, just think of many people are grateful for your presence in their lives.
For the miraculous scope of human generosity, thank you, thank you, thank you…
— Mary Anne Schwalbe
This quote, stolen from The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, seemed an excellent reminder of how much we depend upon other people.
Before any of you get bent out of shape as I know I might have a couple years ago, I remind you that needing people is part of the human experience. It is not a weakness to depend upon others, nor is it something you can escape. Just shy of being a hermit or a recluse, you interact with people everyday and what they do for the world will impact you. They may bring you your coffee. They may drive the bus you ride to work or gather your trash each week. You may do more for them than they could for you. Similar to the author’s relationship to our quoted speaker, this woman had given him life. (Not the easiest thank-you card to right…) They have brought you to this point in your life. They helped get you HERE. That’s a pretty astounding task when you stop to think about it.
In a season of gratitude and joy, I would remind all of us to share some of that gratitude with the people who deserve it most– the people around us daily. These are the people who light the fire in our souls. These are the people who may carpool with us to work or simply let us merge in traffic. Make gratitude something you practice constantly, no matter how big or small the act may be.
It is also in this spirit that I thank each of you. It is because of you that we do this and we hope that we can help bring you to a better place just for having read this post. We are connected by what we read, but we are also connected by so much more.
Love and light,
— G.K. Chesterton
Today, we give thanks for those we have around us.
The families who have raised us and brought us up in the hopes that we would grow to be good people.
The friends who changed us and reminded us how loved we are and how we can be ourselves without judgement.
The teachers who reminded us to think and be thankful for the right to speak our minds.
Those in our communities who help us, keep us safe, and who keep our everyday lives running smoothly.
And our readers– the individuals who show up every day looking for inspiration.
We are thankful for all of it.
Keep in mind what you are thankful for today. And remind yourself of all those people who are thankful for YOU.
— Beth Mende Conny
Going for a walk today with some amazing people. We have been there for each other through thick and thin. They have supported me as I have tried to return the favor. I would be less of a person without them in my life.
Today, as we begin a new week, I simply want you to take a moment and thank all of the wonderful people in your life. Realize how much they inspire you to be a better person, a stronger person. You never know when they will need you most. Be there for them all that you can. I am thankful every minute of every day for these people. I hope you have those people and you thank them for their presence today and every day.
When things get rough and life seems unbeareable, when the word “overwhelming” doesn’t begin to cover it, remember that you can handle it. After all, it’s not always about making it by yourself. It’s the people who take your hand and take these moments in stride as you make your way through your journey.
Love and Light,