To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
A. J. Cronin:
Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Henry Ward Beecher:
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
Johannes A. Gaertner:
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Gratitude shows us the road to happiness. The expression of gratitude takes us to the road's end.
Rabbi Harold Kushner:
If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
Ralph H. Blum:
There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
Sarah Ban Breathnach:
You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Posted by DubLiMan at 10:31 AM