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Gratitude 2

Gratitude is the fairest blossom
which springs from the soul.

Henry Ward Beecher


Gratefulness 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 moment-- the opportunity to see and hear and smell and touch and taste with pleasure.       -David Steindl-Rast

You say grace before meals.  All right.  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
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
Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.        -unattributed
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 brother—and Sun Dances, the big brother.  The whole adds up to a cycle of praise.  What else should human beings be if not praising beings?       -Tom Yellow Tail

Be grateful simply for being alive.  When you are grateful for life, pure and simple, your life becomes one you can be grateful for.  That may strike you as circular or even backward logic, but your attitude 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.  You find 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 saying, “Yes, it is.”  Today is always the best day of your life.
-Bernie Siegel
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
When 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 the very things that most deserve our gratitude.       -Cynthia Ozick
Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.       -Marcus Aurelius
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.       -Gwyn Thomas
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.       -W.T. Purkiser
A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.       -Plato
When awareness of everything you have dawns in you, how do you feel?  Don't you have an extraordinary abundance to be thankful for?  Gratitude is being thankful, grateful for what you have.  With gratitude firmly rooted in your heart, you are humble and open and receptive and inducing your Benefactor to shower you with more gifts, physical and spiritual.  And it's more than gifts!  A grateful heart is a grace-full heart.  A grace-full heart is one that is open, alive, and growing toward communion with its Benefactor.
   Do you realize that you have been given exactly what you need just so that you may proceed with the spiritual lessons and growth that you, you alone, need to master?  Yes, life can be absolutely daunting, but you can have gratitude when you realize that you have just what you need.  Gratitude is the virtue that shifts our energy in order to facilitate our great growth to the next levels.  Without the hankering after what we don't have, we allow ourselves to receive from God just what we need.  Then we have and use just what we need to, so that we're prepared for greater gifts and gains inside.       -Michael Goddart


Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.       -Aesop
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.       -William Arthur Ward
Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.  Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.  Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.  Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.       -John Henry Jowett

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted-- a paved road or a washing machine?  If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.       -Rabbi Harold Kushner
There is no closer bond than the one that gratefulness celebrates, the bond between giver and thanksgiver.  Everything is a gift.  Grateful living is a celebration of the universal give-and-take of life, a limitless yes to belonging.  Can our world survive without gratefulness?  Whatever the answer, one thing is certain:  to say an unconditional yes to the mutual belonging of all beings will make this a more joyful world.  This is the reason why Yes is my favorite synonym for God.       -David Steindl-Rast
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.       -Melody Beattie
For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.        -Clarence E. Hodges
In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.  It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.       -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Gratitude consists of a watchful, minute attention to the particulars of our state, and to the multitudes of God's gifts, taken one by one.  It fills us with a consciousness that God loves and cares for us, even to the least event and smallest need of life.  It is a blessed thought that from our childhood God has been laying his fatherly hands upon us, and always in benediction, and that even the strokes of his hands are blessings, and among the chiefest we have ever received.        -Henry Edward Manning
Gratitude helps you grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of those around you.       -Eileen Caddy
Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise--then you will discover the fullness of your life.       -David Steindl-Rast
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 spiritually.  I thank God for allowing me to experience these things, even the experiences that may not seem so positive, such 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 my narrow-mindedness and self-centeredness so that I can see the good that comes from everything.       -Betty Eadie

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