Peace and gratitude on this Thanksgiving Day (#25)

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Jean Latting
May 23, 2023
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Gratitude makes sense of the past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for future. We celebrate expressions of gratitude and hopes for peace.

As we begin our long-dreamed-of program – Pathfinders: Leadership for Racial and Social Justice – we are truly grateful for where the universe has taken us on this day.

We wish for you good fortune, good food, and the highest quality Zoom.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Leading Consciously, to all of you.

Amy, Eillen, Carole, Stephanie, and Jean


 Gratitude sayings that inspires us

May the sun bring you new energy by day

May the moon softly restore you by night

May the rain wash away your worries

May the breeze blow new strength into your being

May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life

– Apache blessing


Give thanks for the little and you will find a lot.

–African proverb


Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

–Native American



וְאָכַלְתָּ֖   וְשָׂבָ֑עְתָּ   וּבֵֽרַכְתָּ֙   אֶת־יְהוָ֣ה   אֱלֹהֶ֔יךָ   עַל־הָאָ֥רֶץ   הַטֹּבָ֖ה   אֲשֶׁ֥ר   נָֽתַן־לָֽךְ׃

And thou didst eat, and didst swear, and blessed the LORD thy God upon the good land which he gave unto thee.



Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.

–A. A. Milne


A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero




Gratitude es la clave que convierte los problemas en bendiciones y los inesperado en regalos.

Gratitude is the key that turns problems into blessings and the unexpected into gifts.

–Spanish proverb


We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean...and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.

–Michelle Obama


'Enough' is a feast.

–Buddhist proverb



Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips and shows itself in deeds.

–Theodore Roosevelt



Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.

–Oprah Winfrey


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

– John F. Kennedy


This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before.

–Maya Angelou

Holiday celebrations we love

“The Harvest Festival in Zambia is the celebration of the Ngoni people, held every year in Mutenguleni. In the Ngoni tradition, the Paramount Ngoni chief offers the first harvest of the season. The festival is marked by local dance and music1.” 

“Holi, a Hindu Harvest festival, lasts for five days. Everyone dresses up or buys new clothes during the occasion. People wear old clothes as part of the celebration and throw colored water and Red Powder at each other and indulge in the fun of the festival. Holi is the festival where all – whether they are family, friends or strangers – get the same treatment. In Northern India it is known as Lohri, In Assam it is called Bhogali Bihu, In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar it is known as Makar Sankranti, and in Andhra Pradesh it is celebrated as Bhogi1.”

“In Scotland the Harvest Festival usually takes place during September and is known as Lammas, or loaf mass. A loaf of bread is made from the first wheat, then taken to Church so the bread is eaten for the mass1.”

 “The fiestas das Vindimias festival which is held in the beginning of September is [a] traditional harvest festival in Pamela (a town and a municipality in Portugal) which is near Lisbon (Lisbon is the capital city and largest city of Portugal). This festival lasts for 5 days. The festival includes the wine harvest and this is an excellent opportunity to get to know some of its magnificent wines. There are also good things to eat such as the famous little Azeitão cheeses. This is a festival for all the family and it includes children’s activities, sports events, different thematic expositions, wine tastings, wine sales and evening music shows1.”

“The ancient Egyptians were always ready to party and celebrate. In fact almost all the days in the year they seemed to be celebrating something or a god. The celebration of the spring-time harvest festival in Egypt was dedicated to ‘Min‘. Min was their god of vegetation and fertility. In Egypt, spring was the harvest season and this was the time to hold the festival. The people specially the Pharaoh (the most powerful person in ancient Egypt) took part in parade during this festival. After the parade, the great feast was held. People also used to take part in music, dancing and sports which were a part of the celebration.

 “When the Egyptian farmers completed harvesting their corn, they used to cry and pretend to be a grief-stricken. This was done to mislead the spirits of which they believed lived in the corn. The farmers had the fear that the spirits might become angry when they cut down the corn on which the spirits used to live1.”

“Nyepi, which is one of the most important festivals in Bali, signifies the beginning of a new lunar year. The festival usually falls during the spring equinox (late March, early April). On this day, all people (including tourists) must remain silent, and no-one may work, travel or take part in any indulgences. This festival is a time of purification to make sure they have good crops1.”

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