"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."
It is Easter weekend for most of the world’s Christians and for us in the Northern Hemisphere it signals a new beginning as our flowers start their journey towards full bloom, food crop seeds germinate and life’s bounties will soon again be visible to those who are willing to see and appreciate what we have. Unfortunately there are those who don’t see the gifts they have received and unfortunately many others who don’t have access to what we see.
I doubt that there are any of our readers who don’t have reasons to be grateful for what they have. Sure many of us have had to do with less because of the global economy but that what we call less is so much more than what almost anyone else in the world has that we have every reason to be extremely grateful. No matter our religion or our station in life I feel we are obligated to do periodic self assessments and inventory what we have, friends, family, shelter, food on our table and so much more. Once we have reviewed what we have we will know why we should be grateful for the benefits we receive.
My hope is that most will not limit their expression of gratitude to only thanking their god or their lucky stars but rather showing their gratitude by doing something for someone less fortunate. In my experience the gift we give to others soon becomes so important to us that it nears the top of our gratitude list as we realize that our ability to give is truly a treasure life provides to all who wishe to receive it.
Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air of the heath,
And to let in Love, and to let out Hate,
And anger at living and scorn of Fate,
To let in Life, and to let out Death.
The heart is the happiest when it beats for others.
A road sign from my youth:
DROVE TOO LONG
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
IS NOT AMUSING
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
How many women with PMS does it take to screw in a light bulb?
ONE!! And do you know WHY it only takes ONE? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb. They don't even know the bulb is BURNED OUT. They would sit in this house in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it OUT. And once they figured it out they wouldn't be able to find the light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CUPBOARD for the past SEVENTEEN YEARS. But if they did, by some miracle, find the light bulbs, TWO DAYS LATER the chair that they dragged from two rooms over to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE CRUMPLED WRAPPER THE STUPID #)#(*(*^*&% LIGHT BULBS CAME IN. WHY??? BECAUSE NO ONE IN THIS HOUSE EVER CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!! IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE 12 FEET DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE. THE HOUSE!! THE HOUSE!!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS.......
That's how many.
"The best is yet to be."
A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?
His mother had an idea: "Why don't you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?"
He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.
"I was totally humiliated," he moaned. "She insisted on washing the dishes."
"What's wrong with that?" asked his mother.
"We hadn't started eating yet."
I've learned the great value of the three F's:
forgive, forget and forge ahead.
She said I am a very nervous flyer. During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn't help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems. Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering. I mentioned this to a flight attendant. "I'll take care of it," she said. Moments later the lights went out. Clearly she had solved the problem by turning off all the lights.
A passenger across the aisle who had been watching me leaned over and said, "Whatever you do, please don't ask about the engines."
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look at the stars.
Henry Van Dyke
A Stanford Medical research group advertised for participants in a study of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They were looking for therapy clients who had been diagnosed with this disorder. The response was gratifying; they got 3,000 responses about three days after the ad came out.
All from the same person.
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
- Chinese proverb
Grandma Levy, always a regular synagogue member had finally talked her cousin, a woman who had lived a riotous, free life, into joining the Temple.
"Tell me Rabbi," the old lady asked, "Do you feel that my cousin will have her sins forgiven after all those years?"
"Yes I do. I'm positive of it. You must remember that the greater the number of sins, the greater the glory."
"Really Rabbi?", the old lady replied thoughtfully. "I sure do wish I'd known that fifty years ago."
The comfortable and comforting people are those who look upon the bright side of life; gathering its roses and sunshine and making the most that happens seem the best.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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