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Meditation on Gratitude

Meditation on Gratitude

Today and everyday, the good life is about gratitude, right? You bet! In this episode, I consider this all-encompassing thing we call “gratitude” during that time of year when many of us–most of us–sit at overflowing tables, bow our heads and give thanks with our friends and loved ones. May you find within it something that will both lift you and challenge you.

 

Three Points, a Poem and a Host of Gratitude Quotes

 

The Three Points:

  1. We have an infinite capacity to take things for granted.
  2. Gratitude is the acknowledgement that we are not alone.
  3. Gratitude affirms that there is goodness in the world.

 

i thank You God for most this amazing (a poem by e.e. cummings)

i thank You God for most this amazing

day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes

 

(i who have died am alive again today,

and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth

day of life and of love and wings;and of the gay

great happening illimitably earth)

 

how should tasting touching hearing seeing

breathing any—lifted from the no

of all nothing—human merely being

doubt unimaginable You?

 

(now the ears of my ears awake and

now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

 

A Host of Gratitude Quotes to Underscore Our Thanksgiving Holiday:

 

The struggle ends when gratitude begins.  –Neal Donald Walsh

If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it will be enough.  –Meister Eckhart

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls bloom.  –Marcel Proust

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  –William Arthur Ward

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.  –Seneca

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  –Thornton Wilder

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle.  –Albert Einstein

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory.  –Betty Smith

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  –William Faulkner

 

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Writing a “thank you” letter has become a lost art ~

 

I’m a big advocate of “thank you” notes.  In fact, I have a stash of Crane stationery that would be the envy of Her Majesty the Queen, but for the fact that she’s more a fan of Smythson’s on Bond Street.  Stationery preferences aside, I think she would agree that a “thank you” well-conveyed is one of the greatest utterances we can ever make.  James Allen has said that “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”

Sending “thank you” notes was a requirement in our household as a child. No sooner had the last person left from our birthday party and mother had sheets of paper and a fountain pen before us on the kitchen table.  If we were the “birthday girl” or “birthday boy” we knew what was expected of us at the table: write the thank you notes right then and there for all the lovely presents we were given…don’t even think about playing with the newly unwrapped Twister game or GI Joe sitting there waiting for us to play! Write first, then play…Those were the rules.  “Thank yous” first.  “Thank yous” always.

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