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.
Author: Melody Beattie
Profession: American Author
A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
Author: William John Bennett (1943)
Profession: American Federal Official
Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart -- a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water -- I accept with joy.
Author: Bhagavad Gita
Profession: Sanskrit Poem Incorporated Into the Mahabharata
Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. [Matthew]
Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian
There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
Author: Ralph H. Blum
Profession: American Author
Because gratification of a desire leads to the temporary stilling of the mind and the experience of the peaceful, joyful Self it's no wonder that we get hooked on thinking that happiness comes from the satisfaction of desires. This is the meaning of the old adage, ''Joy is not in things, it is in us.''
Author: Joan Borysenko
Profession: American Clinical Psychologist, Author
Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.
Whatever we are waiting for -- peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance -- it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the ''good life'' we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts.
Grace is available for each of us every day -- our spiritual daily bread -- but we've got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.
This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.
Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
Profession: British Poet
Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.
Author: Eileen Caddy
Profession: American Spiritual Writer