Here is an odd thing I felt appreciation for the other day. I was thinking about the past – thinking of things I would have done differently if I had known then what I know now. Choices I would have made with more wisdom. The thoughts really tugged at my emotions – gave me that feeling you get sometimes in your stomach – a melancholy sort of feeling, but, also a feeling that makes you aware of your own humanity. I honestly felt appreciation for that feeling. Our lives are short, and we wish we could hand off our wisdom to the young, but, we can’t. We can only gain wisdom for ourselves. We gain some passively, but, it is good to seek our wisdom. Not everyone does. If you are reading these words, there is a pretty good chance you are someone who actually does seek out wisdom. Wisdom is not free, it comes with a price and some of that price is paid with sadness. Appreciate sadness. Take it out and look at it sometimes. It is part of what makes you who you are. Appreciate it. Then, think about the wonder and beauty in the world. Feel joy. Without the sadness, there would be no appreciation for the good stuff.
In response to Smart_Routines_With_Enthusiasm’s post:
truly wonderful post… from wonderful you!
I am grateful for the many celebrations I have been part of this month … and the more that is coming.
I am grateful for the wonderful people I interact with & the ones I haven’t met yet and will be part of my joy too.
I am grateful for my family chosen and ones that I am related to… that have added to my reasons why … I’m loving this and that(:
I am grateful for love which makes every experience The experience.
I Am blessed…
and of course so are you!
“I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving – I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
‘Consistent happiness is found through
living in a state of constant gratitude.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.” Mike Ericksen
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” Henri Frederic Amiel
“Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” — Albert Schweitzer
“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through Gratitude.”
“Whatever be the depth of woe Along the path that I must go, I’ll sing my song— My song of joy for all the love That’s lavished on us from above, And count no loss of treasure-trove When things go wrong. I’ll sing the sunlight, and the bright Soft smiling stars that gem the night; For gifts of good That God hath spread along my way, The lilt of birds in tuneful play, The harvests full and flowers gay, The whole day long I’ll sing my song Of gratitude!” John Kendrick Bangs
“Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.” — Dan Buettner
“Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckart Tolle
“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” Henry Ward Beecher
Just lovely :)(:
“Whatever be the depth of woe Along the path that I must go, I’ll sing my song— My song of joy for all the love That’s lavished on us from above, And count no loss of treasure-trove When things go wrong. I’ll sing the sunlight, and the bright Soft smiling stars that gem the night; For gifts of good That God hath spread along my way, The lilt of birds in tuneful play, The harvests full and flowers gay, The whole day long I’ll sing my song Of gratitude!” ~John Kendrick
“Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” Henri J.M. Nouwen
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” –Thornton Wilder
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”
Henry Ward Beecher