While life is always a work in progress (as are all of us flawed mortals who are never 100-percent satisfied), at the beginning of this Thanksgiving week, I feel quite grateful. First of all, I am grateful to get to (most of the time) do what I love for a living and to continue to experience the endless creative flow of ideas in my head, whether through words, music or both. And secondly, I am grateful for the extended family of friends that I have collected throughout my life, in New York City and beyond, which continues to grow and collectively support the often crazy life I have chosen and encourage me through the misguided risks I have taken that have turned into devastating crash-and-burn moments. (See last week’s post on overcoming fear for more on that!) And my thankfulness overflows for all the change, love and totally out-of-the-blue surprises that continue to help me grow as a human, keep me feeling an extra special special spark and gift me beautiful moments I never expected amidst what is sometimes total, overwhelming chaos.
It seems beyond obvious that this week’s quotes should be about “gratitude.” Lest this post start to read like an Oscar acceptance speech, here they are.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” — Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” — A.A. Milne (from Winnie-the-Pooh)