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we need to remind
ourselves that thankfulness
is indeed virtue.
One of the noblest words in
our language is "grace," defined as
blessing." We live by grace far more
than by anything else. Accordingly, I
find that the one thing which I want to put into
practice in my own life is the
conscious and deliberate
habit of finding someone to thank.
highest form of praise you can offer to yourself, to God
and to the
is to spend time each day expressing gratitude. It says to God that
aware and appreciative of grace. It says to life that you are
acknowledging its awesome presence in you. It says to yourself that you
are worth the time it
to be healed. Time spent in silence, contemplation
gratitude is time
spent in devotion to a higher calling
and a more loving state of being.
gratitude will help us more fully appreciate
what has been offered us. Being grateful influences
our attitude; it softens our harsh exterior and
takes the threat out of most new situations.
wonderful it would be if we could help our children
and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's
personality. A child is resentful, negative--or thankful.
Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw
John Marks Templeton
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I suddenly realized how grateful I was for the
absence of pain
in my feet.
Then I started ticking off other absences for
I was grateful--
the absence of certain very difficult people in
my life, the absence of feelings
of resentment toward those
who have "wronged" me, the absence of feelings
for relationships and things long gone--and on and on.
We have such a range of gratitude possibilities.
Anne Wilson Schaef
gratitude ignites the light within us and is a sure
path to joy.
Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations of
energy we can
it's free, and anyone can give it. It
can be as simple as
for soup, being thankful
one can see, walk, wiggle a finger, or
a beat. One
can be grateful for happy children, good
and simply being alive. . . . Part of the journey toward joy
not waiting around for trouble, but being
continuously aware of
you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning
for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food
of living. If you see no reason for giving
thanks, the fault
lies in yourself.
the only prayer you say in your whole life
is "thank you," that would be enough.
A thankful person is thankful under all
circumstances. A complaining
soul complains even if he or she lives in paradise.
am so grateful for gratitude, a magical magnet.
A natural expression of a loving heart,
The power of gratitude recharges our souls,
In giving thanks we help heal the world
And increase our abundance of blessings unknown.
Scherer and Eileen Bodoh
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|Expand your gratitude for everything in the world
you will discover
more grace. Gratitude keeps grace flowing
through your life.
A desire to
kneel down sometimes pulses through my body, or rather,
it is as if my body had been meant and made for the art of
Sometimes, in moments of deep gratitude, kneeling
down becomes an overwhelming urge.
grateful for what you do have, and you will find it increases.
I like to bless with love all that is in my life right now--my
the heat, water, light, telephone, furniture, plumbing,
transportation, jobs--the money I do have, friends,
my ability to
feel and taste and touch and walk
and to enjoy this incredible
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we express our gratitude, we must never forget
the highest appreciation is not to
utter words, but
to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
live a life of gratitude is
to open our eyes to the countless ways
which we are supported by the world around us. Such a life
provides less space for our suffering because our attention is
balanced. We are more often occupied with noticing what we
those who have helped us, and repaying the world in
some concrete way for what we are receiving.
is something of which none
of us can give too much.
on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of
neighbors build their philosophy of life.
A. J. Cronin
easily we can forget how precious life is! So
long as we can remember,
we've just been here, being alive. Unlike other things for
which we have
a good comparison--black to white, day to night, good to bad--we
so immersed in life that we can see it only in the context of
don't see life as compared to anything, to not-being, for example,
to never having been born. Life just is. But life
itself is a gift. It's a
compliment just being born: to feel, breathe, think, play,
make love, for this particular lifetime. Today, let's give
thanks for life. For
life itself. For simply being born!
Daphne Rose Kingma
Thankfulness is the soil in which joy thrives.
is gratitude that expands my ability to receive beauty in my
as I step into the shower each morning, I say a prayer of
gratitude for the
abundance of hot water that pours over my body, and I ask the
water spirits to
cleanse my heart as my body is washed. I am awed at the
fortune in my life when I
think of how, in most times and places, only a privileged few--the
most powerful--have been able to afford this pleasure that most
in developed countries take for granted. The gratitude I
feel opens me to
this small moment of beauty in my life.
|I have learned
silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant,
and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to
In relation to others, gratitude is good
manners; in relation
to ourselves, it is a habit of the heart and a spiritual
Daphne Rose Kingma
Be thankful for the
smallest thing, and you will be
worthy to receive something greater.
Thomas à Kempis
all things have contributed to your advancement,
you should include all things in your gratitude.
the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back
people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe
to surrender before the miraculous scope of human
keep saying thank you, forever
and sincerely, for as long as we
Eat, Pray, Love
Is thankfulness a survival skill? Perhaps most of you
would respond with, "No, Jim,
thankfulness is not key
to survival", and I would tend to agree with
of us have probably already solved the
necessary problems of survival, gone beyond
that and are
now working to achieve our desires. But let me give
you this key phrase,
"Learn to be thankful for what
you already have, while you pursue all that you
I believe one of the greatest and
perhaps one of the simplest lessons in life we can
is to be thankful for what we have already received and
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seems to have killed all gratitude in the hearts of sailors.
grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think
about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will
be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that come back
to you of more things to be grateful for.
Children are grateful when
Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys
or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in
the gift of two miraculous legs? We thank people for birthday
of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday
present of birth?
you ever considered the possibility that gratitude, thanksgiving,
and the power of forgiving could be as creative as other works
achieved in the world? Every person may not be great
the terms of the world, but we can be grateful! Perhaps true
is a fantastic kind of creativity that can lead to spiritual
growth. Let us
choose our lives with love and gratitude. Let us use the
thanksgiving and forgiving to bless ourselves and others and
make our lives more complete.
Worldwide Laws of Life
I ask you to do today is open "the eyes of your eyes"
and give your
life another glance. Are your basic needs met? Do you
have a home?
Food on the table? Clothes to wear? Is there a regular
coming in? Do you have dreams? Do you have your
health? Can you
walk, talk, see the beauty that surrounds you, listen to the music
stirs your soul or makes your feet want to boogie? Do you
family and friends whom you love and who love you?
Then pause a moment and give thanks.
Let your heart awaken to the transforming power of gratefulness.
is more than a routine or a resilience strategy. Think of it
bridge that spans a river. It must have strong supporting
both banks, without which it would surely collapse. And so
it is with the
bridge to your positive future. The stronger your foundation
the greater the distance your bridge can take you. And the
your gratitude depends on your awareness of the support you have
achieve your best possible life. . . . Gratitude helps you
support that you've received on your path to achieve the life you
David J. Pollay
|If one should
give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles
of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for
with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me
a magnet and sweep through it and how would it draw to itself the
almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction.
unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no
let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet
the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessing.
If it is God who gives
prayer, then God often gives it in the form
and gratitude itself, when it is received attentively
is healing to the heart.
It is always possible to be thankful for what is
given rather than
to complain about what is not given. One or the other
becomes a habit of life.