“Prayers of thanksgiving and petition go hand in hand . . . When we are lacking something–food, or money, or love, or success–we feel that having it will surely make us happy. But no sooner do we have it, than we begin to feel the pinch of fear. What if we lose what we’ve so longed to have?”
“Happiness is just a treaty we make with our circumstances. One can be happy in squalor, while another whines in luxury. It is not what we have that makes us happy, nor what we lack that makes us unhappy. True thanksgiving means acknowledging what life has given us, without bargaining to get more, or holding on more tightly.”
–Patricia Monaghan, The Goddess Companion, 1999.