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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving Thoughts From Chesterton
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?