Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Power of Gratitude

I was going to write about us putting up our Christmas tree on Saturday, but since Irv started whining after putting up one string of lights and I didn't buy the ribbon to hang the ornaments....we will have to save that post for tomorrow.

Instead, we will do this....

I love this! It's by Melody Beattie....

The Power 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."

Isn't that awesome?

When we stop wishing we had more and we stop thinking that things would be better if they were different....when we stop thinking that all will be happy when we get this or do that.....when we stop wanting different than we have....that is when life becomes the beautiful.

That's not to say that we can't want things or that we can't have goals...but we can't make the focus of our life to be wanting things we may never get. We can work for them....but we have to enjoy what we have. When we do that, it puts our minds at ease and we realize how very fortunate we are.

We need to learn to accept the fact that today, this moment is all we really have. We must learn to cherish it for exactly what it is and realize that things we want may not really make our lives better. If we are always waiting for better....what if it never comes....where does that leave us...was our life a waste of time?

What if today is really the best that our life will ever, ever be? Can we not then love it for what it is and not for what we wish it would be?

We must be grateful, wrap our arms around ourselves and our lives and love it just as it very moment.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Very nice! And so true..

Cathryn said...

That was an inspirational post, Kathy. It's simple yet speaks volumes and is sage advice.

Thank you for making me stop and ponder how lucky we are and how grateful we should be!

Tins and Treasures said...

Such a wonderful post...thank you for the reminders. I have kept a gratitude journal for years. I try to write something every night before I go to sleep.

Happy Holidays ~Natalie

Lanyardlady said...

A great Sunday sermon! Thanks for the reminder that every moment should be lived to the fullest. You are so wise.


Better and better filler!
Well played.

I just may need to claim this quote for my own Christmas/New Year cards.

Be well.

aliceinparis said...

So true! I am big believer in gratitude. Really we have SO MUCH!
I've had quite a few people close to me pass away and really.... we should not complain about anything. If standing in a line for groceries was the last thing you had left, you would look at it differently.
So... cardamon pods, you can get in the bulk spice department, or in an Indian grocery, Trader Joes, I think you can get ground cardamom in regular spice section. you could use that if you had too,just strain the tea into your cup. Yes, Chai Latte at home:)

Ms Sparrow said...

Lovely thoughts and lovely pictures-what a treat!

Matty said...

A lot of people are feeling positive today. This is one of many posts like this I've read today. If I feel sour after all these, it's my own fault. Thanks for an uplift.

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