“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” -Philippians 4:11-12
“When life is sweet, say ‘thank you’ and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say ‘thank you’ and grow.” -Shauna Niequist
“Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
“Convince yourself that everything is the gift of the gods, that things are good and always will be.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.” -Oscar Wilde
Gratitude is a practice and like all practices (athletics, the arts, meditation, etc…) there are good days, bad days. The key is consistency of effort, especially on the bad days. Can you still always say “Thank you for everything“? If yes, bravo! Bravissimo!
Happy Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for all of you. For your readership, your encouragement and your time. Keep making your art.
P.S. – A special thanks to all the caregivers out there. I’ve witnessed it firsthand these last couple months and what they do every single day is nothing short of miraculous.