“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.

 It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

-Albert Schweitzer

Simple candle re-style via the cross embellishment. 

A few years ago I had a Thursday tradition of focusing on gratitude.  Somehow the thankful Thursday tradition slipped away.  Beginning today I will re-establish the rhythm of gratitude on Thursdays …. leading up to the ultimate thankful Thursday in late November.

Today I am thankful for the sparks in my life.   Sometimes it is the simplest chance encounters that alter your path; perhaps just a moment, kind gesture or word of encouragement that shifts the tide.  I love this wise and eloquent quote by Albert Schweitzer.

Who exactly is Albert Schweitzer?   After a quick Google search, I learned he was born in 1875.  He was a theologian, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary on a passionate quest to discover a universal ethical philosophy.

“Constant kindness can accomplish much.

As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes

misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”

-Albert Schweitzer