Quotes for
the Journey:

Appreciation



I would rather be able to appreciate
things I can not have than to have
things I am not able to appreciate.

Elbert Hubbard

Gratitude, Thanksgiving

Never pass up an opportunity to speak a kind word of appreciation.  There are six billion people on the planet, and 5.9 billion of them go to bed every night starving for one honest word of appreciation.      -Matthew Kelly
   

Appreciation can make a day--even change a life.  Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.      -Margaret Cousins

   
Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it's important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level.  We need to literally "count our blessings," give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have.      -Shakti Gawain
   

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.      -Peter Sellers

   
The word "appreciation" means to be thankful and express admiration, approval, or gratitude.  It also means to grow or appreciate in value.  As you appreciate life, you become more valuable—both to yourself and others.      -Sara Paddison
    

Appreciation is like looking through a wide-angle lens that lets you see
the entire forest, not just the one tree limb you walked up on.      -Doc Childre and Sara Paddison

I once succumbed to the fad of fasting and went for six days and nights without eating.  It wasn't difficult.  I was less hungry at the end of the sixth day than I was at the end of the second.  Yet I know, as you know, people who would think they had committed a crime if they let their families or employees go for six days without food; but they will let them go for six days, and six weeks, and sometimes sixty years without giving them the hearty appreciation that they crave almost as much as they crave food.      -Dale Carnegie
    

I know how bad a thing it is to be a slave and I know how terrible it was but I don't believe that there's a free person in the whole world that knows how good a cup full of water can taste.  Because you have to be a deprived slave, to be kept waiting for your water like we were to really appreciate how good just one swallow can be.  When we finally got a drop on our tongues it was like something straight from the hands of the Almighty.      -Walter Mosley    (from his novel 47)

   

One we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.      -Harry Hepner

   
We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way.  Appreciation is a wonderful feeling; don't overlook it.      -unattributed
   

Appreciation is the oil that lubricates life and keeps your wheels turning easily and freely.  Without appreciation, your wheels will still spin, but they are apt to become rusted with resentment and exhaustion.  Since there is great truth in the well-known statement "We teach people how to treat us," you can start teaching others to shower you with appreciation by showering yourself first.      -Sue Patton Thoele

   

What you put out comes back.  The more you sincerely appreciate life from the heart, the more the magnetic energy of appreciation attracts fulfilling life experiences to you, both personally and professionally.  Learning how to appreciate more consistently offers many benefits and applications.  Appreciation is an easy heart frequency to activate and it can help shift your perspectives quickly.  Learning how to appreciate both pleasant and even seemingly unpleasant experiences is a key to increased fulfillment.      -Doc Childre and Sara Paddision

    

Appreciation is like an insurance policy.  It has to be renewed every now and then.      -Dave McIntyre

   

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now.  How?  By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.  Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.      -Dale Carnegie

   

   
Being selective in choosing activities, in choosing friends, in choosing material possessions fosters unexpected appreciation.  Too much of any one thing negates whatever specialness might have been realized.  If we surround ourselves with acquaintances, we never fully share in knowing a few people well.  If we surround ourselves with "toys," we never learn how we really want to spend our time.      -unattributed
   

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.      -Gilbert Keith Chesterton

   
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.
     When 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
   
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.      -John F. Kennedy
   

You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done.  It is what you haven't done that will torment you.  The message, therefore, is clear.  Do it!  Develop an appreciation for the present moment.  Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments.  Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.      -Wayne Dyer

   

Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle. We come awake to such a realization when we recognize our connection to a spiritual dimension.      -Dan Wakefield

   
    
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.      -Mother Teresa
   

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.  Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.      -Mary Jean Irion

   

Make it a habit to tell people thank you.  To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.  Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you.  Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.       -Ralph Marston

   
Appreciation is a wonderful thing:  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.      -Voltaire
   
The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.      -Amelia Earhart
    

  
A habit for all of us to develop would be to look for something to appreciate in everyone we meet.  We can all be generous with appreciation.  Everyone is grateful for it.  It improves every human relationship, it brings new courage to people facing difficulties, and it brings out the best in everyone.  So, give appreciation generously whenever you can.  You will never regret it.     -Carl Holmes
  
A grower of chrysanthemums awaited a visit from the emperor, who was coming to enjoy his blossoms, of which there were hundreds in bloom.  The grower selected one magnificent specimen, then cut down all the others, leaving this one perfect flower.  The emperor arrived and sat for several hours quietly gazing at this beautiful flower, letting its beauty have its way with him.  Can you imagine being so caught up in appreciation of one flower that everything else fades into the background?    -John Marks Templeton
  
The vibration of appreciation is also the highest, fastest vibration we can use for attraction.  If we would shoot appreciation at anything and everything, all day long, we'd be guaranteed to have heaven on earth in no time, living happily ever after with more friends, more money, more beautiful relationships, in total safety, and closer to the God of our Being than it's possible to fathom.     -Lynn Grabhorn
   

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