I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”
~William A. Ward

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.
~G.B. Stern

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
~John E. Southard

Gratitude is the best attitude.
~Author Unknown

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
~Cynthia Ozick

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
~George Canning

Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.
~Alfred Painter:

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
~Chinese Proverb

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward

When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.
~Tony Robbins

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~Albert Schweitzer:

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. ~Cicero

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
~H.U. Westermayer

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John F Kennedy

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
~LeRoy Paige

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
~Meister Eckhart

There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.

…and I want to take a moment to express my gratitude!

  • Thank you to my three beautiful children who have brought endless joy, growth and happiness into my life.
  • Thank you to my parents who have taught me the meaning of unconditional love.
  • Thank you to my sister, brother and their spouses for always being there and allowing me to be myself.
  • Thank you to my extended family & friends for your support and love – you know who you are!
  • Thank you to my fellow artists & photographers for surrounding my life with beauty, magic and inspiration.
  • Thank you to my business colleagues who believe in and support my artistic endeavors.
  • Thank you to my 3 dogs and 1 cat that never allow me to be lonely.
  • Thank you to my readers who enjoy this blog, my art and musings.
  • Thank you to my social media friends! You are real friends to me and I truly appreciate you!
  • Thank you to “The Arts” in all its expressions for bringing unity and civility into our chaotic and divided world.
  • Thank you to God for challenging me, loving me, guiding me, never forsaking me and giving me the gift of being an artist!

lori3  Thank you for being a part of my story…Lori :-)

Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.

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  2. Chris says:

    Thank you for another great article. Loved all your quotes and appreciate the reminder about being grateful for all that we have.

    Happy Thanksgiving…….

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