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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Thoughts* An Attitude of Gratitude

It's hard to believe that the year has gone by so quickly, and that the holiday season is at our heels.
For many, it's been a challenging year: work woes, health issues, money miseries, setbacks and sorrows.
Perhaps you're one of them.
If so, don't despair.
In the midst of the madness, there's so much to be thankful for.

In fact, a recent study conducted by Baylor University, reports that individuals that found more meaning in their lives felt a greater sense of satisfaction, and that having gratitude yields more happiness than "possessing" things.

Upon reflection, here are some of the things for which I give thanks, for 2015...in no particular order.
  • Health---In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Health is the greatest wealth."
  • Home---It is indeed where the heart is. 
  • A spiritual foundation that sustains me during difficult times.
  • Good Friends---Far and near
  • Family
  • Work that I love
  • Good food
  • Living in a free country
  • The gift of creativity
  • Simple pleasures---Like the perfect cup of tea, a good read, bubble baths, music, the joy of cooking

  • A rich and diverse professional background
  • Poetry
  • Social interaction and associations with people of different age groups, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities---we learn from each other.
  • A curious mind
  • A broad knowledge base
  • The Internet
  • Blogging
  • A grudge-free heart
  • The escape provided by a good movie
  • Retail therapy
  • The laughter of little ones

...And for your readership and faithful follow!
My heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

As I will need time to recuperate from this massive spread I am planning for the holidays, Pen & Prosper will take a holiday break. Please join me on December 1st, as we wrap up the year on a high note, and plan for an awesome 2016!

You on board? :-)

What are you thankful for this season? Do tell.


  1. I'm thankful I still have my Mom and savor every moment I have with her. Most of all, I'm grateful for my relationship with the Lord. There's no greater friend or comforter. In a world where things can change in a second, He's my anchor, my stability in the midst of every storm. Happy Thanksgiving, Jennifer!

    1. Thanks, Susan. I totally agree with you on both counts! And I am reminded of this each day, but particularly with my mom's cooking around the holidays. :-) Wishing you abundant blessings!

  2. We are blessed beyond what we could ask or think, aren't we? Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your break. :)

  3. Indeed we are, Karen. Indeed we are! :-) Thanks so much for your time and comment.

  4. Awesome post, Jennifer.I'm thankful for many of the same things. Even though I'm chiming in late (cooked for 15 and am still recovering), enjoy your break. See you in December!

  5. Thanks, Sue. As they say, "better late than never." LOL