Monday Morning Insight: Service as Gratitude

(Another in the continuing series of quotes to start the week.)


Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so I thought this Benjamin Franklin quotation about gratitude might be appropriate for this Monday morning:

When I am employed in serving others, I do not look upon myself as conferring favors, but as paying debts. I have received much kindness from men to whom I shall never have an opportunity of making the least direct returns; and numberless mercies from God, who is infinitely above being benefited by our services. Those kindnesses from men I can, therefore, only return on their fellow-men, and I can only show my gratitude for those mercies from God by a readiness to help His other children.

I hope you have opportunity to be thankful — today, on Thanksgiving, and every day. And if you choose to demonstrate your gratitude by serving someone else, whether in a grand gesture or a very small way, I hope it brings you joy and peace to have done a little good in this world.

Gratitude Road

There’s a road by this name in Bristol, UK, but it’s not a bad address for all of us, every day. (Image: “Gratitude Road,” by Bart Maguire, on Flickr under Creative Commons.)


As always, I thank you for your time and your attention. I wish you well.

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