A Season of Gratitude
“Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.” – Marelisa Fábrega
Our daily existence can be so busy and hectic. It’s easy to take the wonderful gifts of love and friendship we receive from those around us for granted. During this holiday season, as you embark upon an exciting new active adult adventure, why not spread the joy by showering the special people in your life with gratitude and appreciation? These inspirational giving thanks poems and messages that celebrate friendship, family, and the beauty of our own individuality may provide just the inspiration you need.
A Thanksgiving Toast
By Susan Pevaroff Berschler
As Thanksgiving approaches and the year ends
Let’s take a moment to be grateful for dear family and friends.
To all of our loved ones, it’s an opportunity to say,
Thank you for the love and joy you add to our lives every day.
The winds of change continue to blow and often we are apart,
But that doesn’t change the deep connection that comes straight from the heart.
Friends old and new make life’s journey easier to bear,
Everything is sweeter just knowing how much they care.
The generations of our family are forever linked and strong,
United in solidarity, we can face whatever comes along.
We cherish our relationships as constant as the stars above
And toast to a bountiful Thanksgiving filled with companionship and love.
By Abimbola T. Alabi
Because I know who I am,
I'm at ease and free.
I can't be like others,
And they can't be me.
I've got fading scars,
An unusual physique,
But it all works together
To make me unique.
I've got hidden strengths,
Some obvious flaws.
Still I am who I am,
For better, for worse.
I don't have to blend in;
I won't live a lie.
I can't please everyone;
I won't even try.
Some call me proud;
Others stare at me in alarm.
But I'm not one to bother,
Because I know who I am.
By Joanna Fuchs
On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
“A basic law: the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale