winged hearts

As with so many delightful tangents it started with a turkey or, to be more specific, the question of why said turkey was lying naked and upside down in a bowl of saltwater on my kitchen floor. Short answer: Thanksgiving. The turkey is a key protagonist in all of this because it sparked the conversation I had with my friends on our way home about this holiday, which then led to further reflection on thanksgiving in a broader sense.

Although I agree with the classic retort that we shouldn’t just give thanks on thanksgiving there is something wonderful about this holiday that not only reminds us to give thanks but, at least from my perspective, also celebrates the immense joy that we experience when we reflect on the people, experiences and gifts that enrich our lives. Here are some more thoughts on thanksgiving that I wanted to share:

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

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. – Albert Schweitzer

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. – Victor Hugo
Gratitude is the memory of the heart – French Proverb

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