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“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.”
There’s not a greater time than Thanksgiving to be thankful for all the blessings life has given us. At this time of year, I always think of the beautiful Shaker Shaker Hymn called Simple Gifts by Elder Joseph Brackett that was composed in 1848. It’s a popular American religious folk song known for praising the virtues of a simple life. Many different composers have arranged it including my favorite, John Rutter and The Cambridge Singers.
The lyrics are:
‘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.”