Posted 01 February 2004 - 07:13 PM
I've had some difficult times recently, and I have been trying to cultivate happiness and joy in my life. I find one of the best and easiest ways to achieve this is through gratitude. I often stray from this, and realize that I could just write this stuff down in my personal journal, (and I do) but putting it out here in a forum is kind of like putting it out to the universe for me, and perhaps someone else may benefit from it as well.
So please feel free to contribute, just read, or just ignore...whatever suits you! But thanks so much for the safe place to express this!
And now some quotes that will serve as mottos for this little thread:
[i]When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience ~Margaret Stortz~
[i]Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some ~Charles Dickens~
[i]Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it ~William Arthur Ward~
Posted 01 February 2004 - 07:17 PM
Today I am grateful for pancakes. Yep, pancakes with all their warm, fluffy, buttery, maple syrup-y goodness. I know they are not supposed to be part of my "diet", but I've been good lately and I deserved some pancakes! LOL
I am also grateful to my hubby who went out to the store today to pick up some things I had forgotten when I went shopping.
Pancakes and a loving hubby! I am truly blessed!
Posted 02 February 2004 - 05:50 PM
Posted 31 July 2004 - 10:54 PM
I used to be a big time journal writer. I would always end it with five things I was thankful for that day. I haven't been motivated to keep my journal for almost a year now. Too much has happened. I guess I just wanted to say your post is nice.
Today, I am grateful for my loving cat Nathan. If it weren't for him, I would be even more alone.
Posted 18 December 2005 - 03:15 PM
Anyway, some qutoes:
Use the uncertainty of life as a constant reminder to be grateful.
Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
Everything that happens to you is your teacher.
The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.
Everything that happens is either a blessing which is also a lesson,
or a lesson which is also a blessing. — Polly Berrien Berends
All The Darkness Of The World Cannot Put Out The Light Of One Small Candle
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. - Helen Keller
If you truly want to grow as a person and learn,
you should realize that the universe has enrolled you
in the graduate program of life, called loss.
-- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
When we walk to the edge of all the light we have
and take a step into the darkness of the unknown,
we must believe one of two things will happen ~
there will be something solid for us to stand upon,
or we will be taught to fly.
In order to get from what was to what will be, you have to go through what is.
You can clutch the past
so tightly to your chest
that it leaves your arms too full
to embrace the present.
Today I am grateful for having had the opportunity to know and love my son, Pax. He never lived apart from me, nor will he ever, for I carry him in heart and dream and memory forever.
I love and miss you so much, my sweet angel boy, my shining star. Please watch over mommy and help her become a better person.
I say to you: one must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star. — Nietzsche
Posted 21 July 2006 - 03:44 PM
This is a great idea it helps us keep a balanced perspective on our lives.
I am greatful for my house which protects me from the sun, the wind and the rain.
that I have plenty of good food to eat whenever I want to.
that no one is dropping bombs and shells on me and my country is at peace
that I am in no real danger
that I am not in pain
that I am a BTBer
that my health is fair for my age.
that I have a fair income in my retirement years
that I have two loving dogs
that I have some good real life friends
that I own two cars
that I own a computer
love ya all
Ed the chow hound
Posted 25 September 2006 - 04:54 PM
That I'm able to deal with dissapointment on a daily basis.
That I have a place to stay at every day and every night.
That I'm able to see and hear the good and beautiful things in this world around me.
That I am able to express both the good and the bad feelings inside of me.
That the country I'm living in is at peace (thank you Ed for pointing this out, I think that we who live in countries that have been at peace for a long time often forgets that).
That I'm living with a man that both understands and love me most of the time.
That I'm a part of the btb-community that have helped me so much so many times.
So, I'm thankful for everyone of you that helped me out, so many times.
...and (since this is a spirituality folder after all):
That I learned how to pray as a kid, and that I never forget the words or meaning of those prayers.
love and all that is good
Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:24 AM
I just love her so much, she is all that is right in this world.
Posted 21 January 2007 - 05:37 PM
Posted 21 January 2007 - 06:11 PM
For Angela my wonderful wife, for two great sons who im very proud of, and for my workmates who have been very understanding when I have my bad days.
Posted 21 January 2007 - 08:39 PM
my daughter who is getting ready to move forward in her life as an adult she has kept me going.
my boyfriend who is so different from me and yet we accep those differences
my family and their support even if they didnt know what was wrong.
my amazing bosses, co-workers and job i love
the ability to see what i want to change of myself
the desire to keep striving for that change even though i have many setbacks
only a little less than 2 years before our next presidential election
i have no relatives in the military
compassion from others
"the art of happiness" a book by the dali lama
Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:52 AM
BTB, a place to escape from people IRL, who don't understand...a place where I can be me.. without judgement...
For my dogs, who keep me here...
For my job that keeps a roof over our heads, and food on the table....however painful it may be....
For the sunrise that offers hope of a better day....
Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:51 PM
My friend Emily makes me do this when I am depressed. Five things I am grateful for...
I am grateful that the sun comes up every morning, regardless of how I am feeling or what I am doing.
I am grateful that I can still see the beauty in small things.
I am grateful that even though I am losing myself, I am finding others.
I am grateful for the opportunities to help people that arise in my life.
I am grateful that I am alive.