November 1, 2009

Giving Thanks!

What are you thankful for this year? For me it’s a loving husband, a beautiful baby, and a strong network of family, friends and colleagues, that have shown me incredible support this year. This is my opportunity to let everyone know just how much I appreciate them, and how much joy they bring to my life. I hope you feel like I do, that blessings are all around you and that life although challenging at times, is magical and beautiful. Make sure to give thanks out loud, so that all the important people in your lives, know just how important they are!

For this, for all of you, for all that I have, for all that I am, I am giving thanks!

Ellen Lerner, Drama Queen


Albert Schweitzer:

At times our own 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.

Who are the people in your lives that have supported you and given you strength in your darkest hours?

Albert Schweitzer:

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. 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.

Showing appreciation, and sharing words of thanks, is just a small way of letting people know how much their kindness means to you. Never let a good deed go unnoticed, never let a word of love be forgotten!

Brother David Steindl-Rast:

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.

Wanting more, needing more, never being satisfied, these words seem to describe the human condition. We look around us and we compare and we judge, and we are left feeling that our lives do not measure up. If we can just stop, and take stock of all that we have and all that we are, and realize that we have exactly what we need, then life would be so much happier and joyful.

Denis Waitley:

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

I am still working on this one. Just imagine what life would be like if we could embrace every minute in this way.. I will keep working on this one, moving closer and closer to acceptance, and further and further away from fear and resistance. It’s a process that I welcome into my life, what about you?

Marc Estrin:

Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.

Be kind to one another, show love and compassion to the people around you. Be kind to yourself, show love and forgiveness. Be kind to strangers, you never know how this act can affect a life . Be kind when you feel angry and want to lash out. Kindness will heal, and create magic where there was none.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Thank you for all the kindness that you have shown me!

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