The Art of Contentment II: Brother David Steindl-Rast

To Be Happy, Find Gratitude in Every Moment

Images HyperlinkedA few weeks ago, I was greeted with great quotes on gratitude — printed on a yellow sheet of

paper entitled “Thanksgiving: A time for family and friends. Time to look to the bright side”.

It reminded readers of links between gratitude and increased levels of happiness, peace and

overall health & well-being. Enjoy the insightful quotes. Also, I invite you to enjoy nature's

gift: Autumn. And whatever your aspirations or tribulations, pause and reflect on how so

much worse it could be. For example, I am grateful that I am neither bound by political

correctness nor the need to be liked. That I can thank God secretly and openly without

being concerned about what a passerby thinks. I am grateful for good health. For the

simple and complex gifts of dexterity. For not only the gift of this very sound mind

but also, its nimbleness and insatiable curiosity. I'm grateful for my family, for my

mother and father's health, and longevity. For nourishing me with values while

exposing me to incredible life-transforming challenges both deliberately, and

through their mistakes. I'm grateful to God for the verifiable Love, Trust &

support of my handful of genuine friends, —all one needs really. Truly, He

prepareth a table before me” —whether amidst a sea of scarcity, or in

seas of pettiness before, He sustains me, and mine, —blessing all. It

is comforting to wake up, take stock of how worse it could all be,

and be re-energized with joy and motivation. No amputation is

pending. No surgery or chemotherapy. I'm not blind. Nor are

you. Not deaf. Your computer, however slow, bad-looking

or old is functional enough not only to have booted, but

connected you to the web (woohoo!), and allow you

to experience this blog. So you're in debt and lots.

Stressed because a creditor might call soon. Tell

a joke! Next time that agent or bank calls, try

this: I'm stressed because of my inability to

pay. But because I have to live and clear

this debt, a few jokes keep me going.

Wanna hear one? Don't wait for their

response. You've disarmed him by

now. Go right ahead & tell your

best joke. However positive

or negative their response

simply add “I'm working

on it! I GOT this! 'Will

clear this debt! Be

nice and positive.

Then go double

your efforts,

for as in the

Bible so it

for you

○ ○ ○Complaining Impoverishes The Soul. Looking on The Bright Side is Wealth & Health.You will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

Sarah Ban BreathnachCan you see the holiness in those things you take for granted — a paved road or washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.

Rabbi Harold KushnerWe can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton WilderReal life isn't always going to be perfect or go your way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.

Sarah Ban BreathnachAt times our light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us...We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude...God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you for something or someone in your life?

Albert Schweitzer | William A. Ward | Cynthia Ozick

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Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.

Maya Angelou○ ○ ○

PEACE

TT

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