For me, the most powerful aspect of the word "gratitude" is its kinship with grace. I believe that when we give thanks -- whether for the best of times or the speck of light in the distance during the worst of times -- we are inviting grace into our lives.
With Thanksgiving upon us, gratitude is something we pause to consider as we clasp hands around a table laden with turkey and all the trimmings and give thanks for the bounty before us -- especially when such a feast is unimaginable for so many millions of people around the world.
I believe that when we sit at the table and reach out to loved ones to give thanks -- for friendship, for love, good food, laughter and abundance -- we need to keep something of Thanksgiving with us, as if it were a cherished letter to unfold and reread time and again, reminding us to tender an expression of gratitude each and every day of the year -- even at those times when giving thanks is the hardest thing to do.
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