Growing Gratitude – Part I

Today’s entry is actually from another email that was sent to me. There are some excellent points to be considered. The person who sent it to me does not recall where it originated. Enjoy!

How can your daily actions display your growing gratitude? Here are some helpful hints.

* Express your thankfulness by doing the necessary, but menial tasks around your home, so that other family members don’t have to do them. Become like the Franciscan, Brother Lawrence when he prayed, “Lord, make me a saint through my washing the pots and pans.”

* Make the words, “Thank you for…” a habitual part of your working vocabulary. Kahlil Gibran once wrote, “I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to those teachers.” The medieval Christian mystic Meister Eckhart suggests that if the only prayer we say in our lifetime is “thank you,” that would suffice

* Learn to appreciate who you are. Another Nobel Prize winner, Albert Schweitzer cautions that “Your soul suffers if you live superficially and ungratefully.”

More about this tomorrow!

Be Well.

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