It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 16

… Being thankful sweetens you, grumbling sours you; being thankful brings sunshine to your countenance, being ungrateful casts a shadow; being thankful brings a melody to your words, criticism makes you sound like a clanging cymbal; being thankful keeps your feet on the pathway of celebration, complaint takes you down the road of despair. 

Roy Lessin

May 24th - I am a grateful person

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. 

Brian Tracy

Gratitude is more than saying 'Thank you' when someone gives you something. Gratitude is more than an action which we decide to do by an act of will power. You can say the words, thank you, when there is not gratitude in your heart at all. Custom may dictate that you say the words when you don't really appreciate what has been done for you. What it takes to turn the words, thank you into gratitude is the real genuine feeling of gratitude. 

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

Gratitude is a feeling that arises uncoerced in the heart. Gratitude is a form of delight.   Gratitude is a frame of mind rooted in grace.  An attitude of gratitude naturally leads to love, and repayment by acts of love.  The link between grace and gratitude runs like this: someone does a beneficial or helpful action that is beyond what was merited or expected, pure grace. Then someone responds by seeking to act in kind, gratitude. Gratitude flows from understanding how each of us is dependent on what others do, and treasuring each action of grace for all it's worth..

Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. 

Eileen Caddy

When your heart is grateful, when it is filled with love, that spills over.  It puts life into a different perspective.   We are to live gratefully; live largely, and live in love. 

Today let your life be a song of grateful praise!

Gratefulness is the heart's response to God's undeserved love.


betty said...

I liked that last line with gratefulness being the heart's response to God's undeserved love. You certainly do model a life of gratitude Ma :)


jack69 said...

Betty don't mean that MA!.............................. (Just kidding)Yep, she means it and I and your readers agree. Your blog exudes the example of Gratitude. Folks come here for a shot.

Sr. Ann Marie said...

I agree that gratitude is more than a word --it's more like an attitude or way of thinking and living. I also love your description of gratitude being the heart's response to God's undeserved love.


The perfect way to say it, "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Today for me was about just that.

Rick Watson said...

Jilda and I do a gratitude ceremony several times a year. We give thanks for all the gifts in our lives.