gratitude - gratitude
Feeling gratitude and not
expressing it is
a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward
(Some people) have a
wonderful capacity to appreciate again
and naively, the basic goods of life,
with awe, pleasure,
wonder, and even ecstasy.
Most religion is based on
gratitude. Our feelings of
thankfulness for all
that we have and the opportunity
to live on this beautiful planet are a
driving force in
our lives, and our lives become something less when
we start to take things for granted and not feel thankful
any longer. We lose the ability to see and recognize
beauty when we're not thankful
for it, and we lose
the ability to enjoy music when we don't feel
gratitude for the fact that it exists.
I remember those happy days and
often wish I could speak into
the ears of the dead the
gratitude which was due to them
in life and so ill-returned.
say grace before meals.
But I say grace before the concert
and the opera, and grace before the play and the pantomime, and grace
before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming,
fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace
before I dip the pen in the ink.
G. K. Chesterton
grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful
planet Earth. In the morning,
wake up with a sense of gratitude.
you see the holiness in those things you take for granted--
paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate
what is good in every situation, you will
discover that your life
will suddenly be filled with
gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
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When I awaken in the
morning, I am thankful for a new day. I am thankful
for everything that I have materially. I am
thankful for everything
that I have
thank God for allowing me to experience
experiences that may not seem so positive,
as developing an illness. I
may not understand why
I have the illness,
but I sense that it is there for a
purpose, and so I thank God for it. I ask him to
allow me to expand beyond
so that I can see the good
that comes from everything.
is one of those things that cannot
be bought. It
must be born with people, or
else all the obligations in the
create it. A real sense of a kind
thing is a
and never was, nor can be,
finest test of character is
seen in the
of gratitude we have.
Milo H. Gates
the gifts I ask
Of Thee, Spirit serene:
Strength for the daily task,
Courage to face the road,
Good cheer to help me bear the traveler's load,
And, for the hours of rest that come between,
An inward joy of all things heard and seen.
Henry Van Dyke
If you can't be
thankful for what you receive,
be thankful for what you
We can be thankful to a friend for a
few acres or a little money;
and yet for the freedom and
command of the whole earth,
and for the great benefits of
our being, our life, health,
and reason, we look upon
ourselves as under no obligation.
Marcus Annaeus Seneca
full account of the excellencies which you possess, and
remember how you would hanker after them, if
you had them not.
gratitude - gratitude
Not what we say about
but how we use
them, is the true measure
of our thanksgiving.
One can take
one's life and its advantages for granted, but
how much better it is to acknowledge not only those
advantages but one's gratitude for them.
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gratitude is an attitude. It is magnetic and will draw good to
you. It is good therapy, a road to happiness.
is a way of living more fully. Be thankful for your health
you will have health in more abundance. Be thankful for
you receive and it will be increased. Be thankful for your
success and you'll open doors to further achievement. Be
thankful for your friends and more friends will come to you. Be
thankful for beauty
and you'll experience it more deeply.
is a way of enhancing relationships. Expressions of gratitude
create in others an eagerness
to reciprocate. When we become
more fully aware that our success
is due in large measure to the
loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement
we have received from others,
our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on
to prove ourselves worthy of what others
have done for us. The
spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.
is a way of worshiping. All through the Psalms
the emphasis is
on thankfulness: "Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving".
"Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving". . .
"O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast
endures forever". . . "I will give thanks to the Lord
with my whole heart."
healed the ten lepers only one returned to fall
at the feet of
the Master and give thanks to God. With this in mind someone has
written that nine were healed,
while the one who gave thanks was made
whole. The expression of gratitude made the big difference.
gratitude is a force for harmony and goodwill. It brings people
together in love and understanding. It is high on the scale of
creative qualities to be practiced
day in and day out in our
you consider everything we have is a gift from God,
it's amazing how
little gratitude we show. Giving to others
is such a small way to
say thank you.
is a duty which ought
to be paid,
but which none
have a right to
who receive a benefit
with gratitude repay the first
on their debt.
There is no quality I would
rather have, and be thought to have,
than gratitude. For it is not
only the greatest virtue,
but is the mother of all the rest.
Marcus Tillius Cicero
something does not insist on being noticed,
when we aren't grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull
by a presence or an event, we take for granted
things that most deserve our gratitude.
The more I focused on lack and on what I
couldn’t have, the more depressed I became.
The more depressed I became, the more I focused on lack.
My soul whispered that what I really yearned for was not
financial security but financial serenity.
I was still—quiet enough to listen.
At that moment I acknowledged the deep longing in my
heart. What I
hungered for was an inner peace that the world could not take
away. I asked for
help and committed to following wheresoever Spirit would lead
me. For the first
time in my life I discarded my five-year goals and became a
seeker, a pilgrim, a sojourner.
I surrendered my desire for security and sought serenity
instead, I looked at my life with open eyes.
I saw that I had much for which to be grateful.
I felt humbled by my riches and regretted that I took for
granted the abundance that already existed in my life.
How could I expect more from the universe when I didn’t
appreciate what I already had?
Sarah Ban Breathnach
grateful for yourself. . .
Seeds of discouragement will not grow
in the thankful heart.
our individual troubles and challenges may be,
to pause every now and then to appreciate
all that we have, on every
need to literally
“count our blessings,” give thanks for them,
to enjoy them, and relish the
experience of prosperity we already have.
grateful simply for being alive.
When you are grateful for life,
pure and simple, your life becomes one you can be grateful for.
may strike you as circular or even backward logic, but your
really does have an effect on how things work out.
When you can’t
change your life any other way, you can still
change your attitude. When you do, your life changes.
more chances to love,
and you will be surprised to see how much
more love is returned to you.
The next time someone says, “It’s a lovely day,” try
“Yes, it is.”
Today is always the best day of your life.
Gratitude is the heart of our religion.
We pray on rising in the morning
for a new day, for the beauty of the gift of life.
We have regular
prayer meetings, sweat lodges—we call them the little
Sun Dances, the big brother.
The whole adds up to a
cycle of praise.
should human beings be if not praising beings?
Tom Yellow Tail
brings joy to my life. How
could I feel joy in what
I take for granted? So I
stop taking for granted, and there is not end
to the surprises I find. A
grateful attitude is a creative one, because,
in the final analysis, opportunity is the gift within the gift of every
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gratitude - gratitude
my work, when I am able to make a difference to someone,
catch a glimpse
of a person's soul, or hear a dream and
sense how profound the human psyche
is, I feel privileged
to be in this moment. And when I narrowly escape
an accident or have some sense of a close call, I
literally and physically appreciate
being alive and
unharmed in this moment. When I feel this
it is like singing a thank-you and
hearing a response in which divinity is present.
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Gratitude, and the Sacred Experience"
thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without
thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without
lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue
divorced from thankfulness
and limps along the
John Henry Jowett
Gratitude, where it is hardly
manifest in a gesture or smile, is thus
something like a secret restitution, a restoration--a spiritual
present given in return.
Gratitude is not something monetary; it is sustained, it is enduring.
At its foundation it is "remembering" and not a mere
it must be regarded as a "wakefulness, as a watchfulness of the
Gratitude is the
highest form of acceptance. Like patience, it is one of
the catalytic agents, one of the alchemist's secrets for turning dross
gold, hell to heaven, death to life. Where there is gratitude we
teaching. Where there is resistance we discover only that it keeps
painfully ignorant. Of course, if we had enough acceptance to
our nonacceptance, if we learned nothing but that resistance
amplified our suffering, we would be eternally grateful.
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something quite powerful and life-giving in the act of giving
thanks. It is a lot like recharging a battery. As you open
and let your heart sing for joy, you can receive a recharging of
spiritual energy in your mind, body, spirit, and activities of your
life. There is no greater tonic and perhaps no more potent tonic
our spirit than gratitude. When we are grateful for the blessings
already have, our very attitude of gratitude attracts extra good to
us. Thanksgiving is like a powerful magnet that can draw us
to friends, love, peace, joy, health, and material good.
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makes sense of our past, brings peace
for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.