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Posts from the ‘Gratefulness’ Category

We Are Doubly Blessed

Gratitude makes us feel bursting with delight, just to remember the gifts we have received. Thus we are doubly blessed when we receive something: for the gift itself and later, in recall, for the miracle of having been given it.

– M.J. Ryan

Wednesday of Hope – Grateful that there Is More Good in the World

Men frequently think that the evils in the world are more numerous than the good things; many sayings and songs of the nations dwell on this idea. …Not only common people make this mistake, but even many who think they are wise.

– Maimonides

Gratitude the Breath of Life


Every time you express gratitude or compassion for any aspect of yourself or someone else, you breathe life in.

– Mariah Fenton Gladis, Tales of a Wounded Healer

Wednesday of Hope – Gratitude and Hope in the Face of Terror


Etty Hillesum is such example of courage, compassion and hope in the face of the most horrific times in our recent history.

As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude.

– Etty Hillesum, Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943, p.466, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

Gratitude in Abundance

Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself.

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Wednesday of Hope – with Gratitude

Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly still and wide. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful: patience is everything!

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Grateful for All Gifts

During the month of November it’s been my practice to focus on Gratitude. And so I continue . . .

O Great Spirit, I awake to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one.

– Twylah Nitsch