Thankfulness – Gratitude – Appreciation - 3 life changing words!
In “Gratitude - The Only Way to Fly”, I shared 20 powerful reasons why these words and ways of “being” are exceptional tools for creating a “Come to the Edge Today” life. In this reflection, I’d like to share with you thoughts and beliefs about gratitude through the eyes of Wise Ones who live(d) ”on The Edge” and how you too, can live a thank-filled life!
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you‘, it will be enough” – Meister Eckhart (1260–1327)
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all the others” -Cicero (106-43 B.C)
“O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to God, if it is Him that you worship” -Qur’an 2.172
“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” -Philippians 4:6
“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” – The Buddha (approx. 563 – 483 BCE)
“We owe thankfulness to God, not sour faces” – Rumi (1207-1273),
“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 (1944- )
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer – Maya Angelou (1928 - )
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder” -Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
“It is pleasing to God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom of thy heart” – Martin Luther (1483-1546)
“Gratitude: A lively sense of future benefit” -A French Definition
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well – Voltaire (1694-1778)
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls” – Aesop (620-564 BCE)
“The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy” — Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more” – Oprah Winfrey (1954- )
Isn’t it fascinating to see how these words, and more importantly, this way of “being” has served so many for thousands of years? Clearly, the Wisdom of the Ages understands the value of this way of living. Our invitation is to discover and experience the joy and depth that comes from our lives lived with gratitude, appreciation and thanks-giving. It is an invitation and it is a powerful tool for “Coming to the Edge” of creating the life of our dreams. Today is a good day to begin!
Today’s “leaping” exercise: Decide upon a “gratitude reminder” and begin using it today. A gratitude reminder is simply a reminder to yourself to briefly stop what you are doing and give thanks. It’s helpful if the reminder you choose is something you see or hear several times each day. For example, you could decide that every time you hear a cell phone or every time you see or hear a commercial you will stop and give thanks. Give thanks for what? The focus could be anything – a topic or person you’d like to appreciate, or you could pause to give thanks for whatever is before you at the time of the reminder. This is an easy way to develop your new habit of living a thank-filled life. Commit to a minimum of 21 days (this is the estimated time required for developing a new habit) Have fun!
This reflection/meditation is gratefully submitted by Joan Kappes
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