“It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.” ~W.J. Cameron
As I was driving to work today, I started a mental list of all the things for which I am grateful, and I didn’t get one-hundredth of the way through by the time I arrived. Here are just a few of the items on my list:
Spending another year working at the Azle Memorial Library. My appreciation in being able to associate with all of you is boundless!
All the men and women who serve in the armed forces and law enforcement. I hope you can safely enjoy the holiday tomorrow with good friends and know that your loved ones at home are thinking about you.
The many wonderful books I’ve read in the past few months. I’ve loved so many of them, but some of the stand-outs are No Easy Day, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Why We Broke Up, and An Object of Beauty. These stories have enlightened me, enraged me, comforted me, and just plain put a smile on my face. Where would I be without the many wonderful authors who continue to write about life in such an engaging and meaningful way? And thank you to the publishers who make it possible for us to read them.
Last, and certainly not least, we as a staff are so grateful for the generosity and support from the City of Azle and our many benefactors and patrons. Your love for your community, the library, and literacy only makes all of us want to be better at what we do. Thank you, thank you, thank you!