Again I am referring to The End of Your Life Book Club. Yes, I am still reading it. (See last week's Teaser Tuesday) This is a book I am savouring. There are so many quotes one could take from it that are uplifting and make you want to take a moment to think about your own life. If it were the end of your life, what would you be doing? Will's mother is an incredible woman in whom I find an example of charity, love, and gratitude. I am enjoying learning from her through the words of her son Will.
With Thanksgiving just passed here in Canada and coming soon in the United States, we have much to be thankful for. Freedom, health care, education, our very lives, to name a few.
On page 211, Will shares with his readers his take on gratitude.
"What I suddenly understood was that a thank-you note isn't the price you pay for receiving a gift, as so many children think it is, a kind of minimum tribute or toll, but an opportunity to count your blessings. And gratitude isn't what you give in exchange for something: it's what you feel when you are blessed -- blessed to have family and friends who care about you, and who want to see you happy. Hence the joy from thanking."
On Sunday, November 11, we honoured our veterans and those currently serving in the military with Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country. How can we not be thankful for their sacrifice on our behalf, on our country's behalf? To don a poppy, listen to a recital of In Flanders Fields, attend a ceremony; it's not too much to show our gratitude. To them we pay a tribute, lest we forget the lives they gave for us and generations to come.
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