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This month were going to explore how each of us can develop and maintain an attitude of gratitude.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has
- Quotation about gratitude by Epictetus -
With the holiday season now upon us, it is oh so easy to get all caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget to give thanks for all of the great gifts each of us have been blessed with. Regardless of our present lot in life, we do indeed have so much to be thankful for. As W. T. Purkiser said, it is Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, [that] is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
When was the last time you gave thanks for what you do have, instead of fretting and worrying about those things you do not have? And just as importantly, are you getting the most out of what you have been given? It is our responsibility to take our God given talents and make a difference daily. More importantly, we should thank God for the opportunity. Yes, we do indeed have a lot to be thankful for.
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, bring peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Quotation about gratitude by Melody Beattie -
When youre giving thanks, regardless of whether it is to a family member, a friend, a coworker or a stranger you chance to meet, youre giving a gift that youll never run short of. In fact, youll discover that the more you give, the more youll have to give away again.
Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much.
- Inspirational quote by A. J. Cronin -
When it comes to expressing gratitude, what goes around most assuredly comes around again and again. While we may not be able to repay someone who does something for us, we can certainly express our appreciation and gratitude to them.
Think about it for a second. When someone takes a moment and expresses their gratefulness with a simple thank you, doesnt this expression of appreciation from another make you feel a little better about yourself. You know it does! Then doesnt it stand to reason that a well deserved thank you from you might potentially inject a little light in someone elses life? Albert Schweitzer put the power of gratitude into words when he said, At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Its truly amazing how much power the simple little words thank you pack, isnt it? It is a small investment that pays unparalleled returns. Cicero had this to say on the topic: Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Theres no doubt that expressing an attitude of gratitude pays immeasurable benefits to not only the recipient of the kind words of appreciation but also to the one giving the thanks as well. As Anne Morrow Lindbergh said, One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay in kind somewhere else in life.
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
- Quote on the importance of gratitude by Johannes A. Gaertner -
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, let us remember to give thanks for not only the blessings we enjoy today, but for the promise of blessings to come. Let us reach out to others with a kind word, a pleasant smile and a reassuring pat on the back. Lets look for ways to build others up and make our country a happier place, a richer place and a nicer place to call home.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, thank you, that would suffice.
- Inspirational quote by Meister Eckhart -
John F. Kennedy reminded us of the importance of being thankful when he said, As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. Great words to live by, to be sure.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."
- Unknown Author -
Every day offers each of us a new chance at a new beginning, where we can make the most of every opportunity and make each day a glorious day of thanksgiving. Youll discover that by developing and nurturing the right attitude an attitude of gratitude can and will make all the difference in your life.
Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.
- Quote about giving thanks and expressing gratitude by Phillips Brooks -
Once again, Id like to say thank you to you for joining us this month. Heres wishing you and your family the best this holiday season. Id like to close with the following composition:
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
- Author Unknown -