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Expression of Gratitude

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Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Now, you may have noticed that the global economy isn’t exactly doing well. There’s war. Starvation. All sorts of bad, scary things going on.

So–just for today–how about sharing 7 things that you’re thankful for? This can be about books, sure–authors you appreciate, books you love, an ode to your public library–but also, how about other things, too? Because in times like these, with bills piling up and disaster seemingly lurking around every corner, it’s more important than ever to stop and take stock of the things we’re grateful for. Family. Friends. Good health (I hope). Coffee and tea. Turkey. Sunshine. Wagging tails. Curling up with a good book. So, how about it? Spread a little positive thinking and tell the world what there is to be thankful for.

Donald Trump once said everything in life is luck. I firmly believe that nothing is to be taken for granted. Think for a moment: Where you were born, how you were raised, the education you received,… The question actually has said it all for me. I’m thankful for who I am and what I have become, which are indebted to the upbringing of my parents. I’m thankful for my family who love me just the way I am. I’m grateful for the people in my life who have been with me through thick and thin. There is a reason why I have met these wonderful people. I’m thankful for my students who breathe new ideas and meaning to the literature I teach. I’m thankful for my blog readers who have made this blog interactive with their thoughtful comments and support. I’m indebted to all of you for my ever growing TBR pile! My dog George has been so devoted a companion that he snaps into my daily routine, he’s a source of my joy. There are so many little things that I am thankful for. The wonderful coffee that Be, O, David and Emma make for me at Cafe Flore, the sunshine, the chirping of the birds, the beautiful city of San Francisco, the abundance of food, the many bookstores in the city, and much much more that I don’t pay attention to and take for granted.

16 Responses

  1. You have a nice gratitude list. I’m thankful to God, not luck. Happy Booking Through Thursday. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

  2. I’m grateful for being able to make my own luck! (not meaning to offend anyone)

  3. I too believe that nothing is to be taken for granted!
    We should appreciate what we are and what we have. Happy Thanksgiving, Matt! 🙂

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Matt! I’m thankful to have such a wonderful family, such great friends and being a part of a great blogging community. Enjoy your day!

  5. I am happy to have met you on the blogworld,
    for my friends, family, health (under control), nice weather (for this time of the year).

    Now, I just need a bit of money, which I will have soon!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving! I’m grateful for all my book blogging friends, too 🙂

  7. Happy Thanksgiving Matt!!!

    Thankful

  8. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    I’m grateful especially that Tom, my partner of 32 years, is beginning to regain his health after a devastating illness. My mother also suffered a health crisis and is better, too. Reading Moleskine Notebook was among the daily pleasures which helped to distract me and keep the world in balance, especially when both of my loved ones were in the hospital and the outcome for both was doubtful. It’s these wonderful connections with friends, family and interests which keeps the world moving and gives one the strength to keep on hoping. Also. reading was also something that I turned to for comfort. I returned to my beloved Jane Eyre. Now, there’s a novel whose outcome gives one reason to weather the storms.

  11. Sally:
    Thank you. This post is a nice opportunity to take inventory. It’s so easy to forget how blessed we are. 🙂

  12. Beth F:
    It’s easy to forget how much we’re blessed with. 🙂

  13. Melody:
    You said it! I hope you have had a great holiday weekend. 🙂

  14. writemeg:
    Oops, I almost forget to be thankful for this awesome blogging community! Hope you’ve had a great holiday weekend. 🙂

  15. Isabel:
    I’m thankful for all of you whom I have met here. It’s a book forum! 🙂

  16. gentle reader:
    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend. Now we have to get busy with Christmas! 🙂

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