23 November 2014

Relearning thankfulness

I'm pretty sure I haven't read anything from the pen of GK Chesterton, but I stumbled upon this quote doing the rounds a little while ago and I love it.  And it's personally helpful as I find myself emerging from a time when thankfulness has not been my strong card, at least not in some quarters, and discovering I need to relearn the art.

You say grace before meals.  Alright.
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.

G. K. Chesterton


Sarah said...

Love it! Since I was only introduced to the custom of saying grace as an adult, I've often wondered it's only done for meals.

Meredith said...

It IS a good reminder. I think sometimes grace is said perfunctorily. So it is good to be reminded that genuine thankfulness is the ticket...but also that there is so much more for which we can give thanks. That quote's a keeper.