I love the Thanksgiving season and everything that accompanies it.
Maple leaves scattered across lawns, the chill in the air as the high school football season winds down, and the sun setting just as I arrive home from work stir pleasant memories of years gone by.
Dutch oven cooking of turkey, once-a-year dressing, along with sweet potatoes and apples keeps me out of the kitchen (and mostly out of trouble) prior to our Thanksgiving Day feast with family and friends.
It’s the time to reflect and focus on the bounteous blessings the Lord freely bestows upon each of us daily.
For me, the difference between being thankful and being grateful is the difference between saying and doing.
“Thanks mom,” (or whomever) easily flows from our lips. But gratitude is something we share from our hearts.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
As we enter this Thanksgiving season, here are a few of my favorite quotes about thankfulness and gratitude.
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar
“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” —Jim Rohn
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey
“ ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” —Alice Walker
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” —Charles Schwab
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” —Willie Nelson
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” —Dalai Lama
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” -Charles Dickens
“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” —Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” —Alphonse Karr
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” —Henri Frederic Amiel
I hope this holiday season we can all strive to show our gratitude through thoughts, words, and deeds.
Charlie Roberts is a former LDS bishop of the Tooele 6th Ward.