For all of it, I am thankful.

It was 1999, and I was standing in the checkout line at the grocery store with my cart full of groceries, when I picked up a Family Circle magazine. I flipped through, browsed a couple of recipes and some Thanksgiving decor. Then my fingers turned to the back of the magazine, where I read words that changed my life.

I always thought of myself as a positive person, and it was easy to be thankful for the positive things. My family, my job, the vacations we enjoyed, the new house we had just moved into. What I hadn’t yet grasped was the concept of total gratitude.

Gratitude for the whole package of life.

And I read these words that rocked my world. They stayed on my refrigerator for a couple of years. (In fact, they stayed there til 2005, when a certain hurricane left things a little damp inside my home.)

So I sought it out on the internet, and typed it up to put back on my fridge. And I’m posting it here, in case you want to print it out for your fridge, too.


I hope these words come to mean as much to you as they have to me.

Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for you.


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