‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple


This Thanksgiving (2023), I am focusing on gratitude and simplicity.

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

Subtraction and simplicity have been my watchwords this year.

I have been focusing all year on subtraction and simplifying (I have a ways to go!).

As I tried in this Black Friday week to fend off FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out–on great deals), and practice POMO (allowing myself the Peace Of Missing Out), the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts,” written by Elder Alfred Joseph Brackett in 1848, has come to mind.



Here are the lyrics:

Simple Gifts

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be.
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed.
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

And here’s my Thanksgiving greeting ecard to you, because I’m so thankful to those who follow me and read my blog posts and emails.

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