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Posts from the ‘Gratefulness’ Category

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

This Day

Everyday, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself to expand my heart out to others for the benefit of all beings.

– His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama

In Harmony with Earth

First thing in the morning, before you meet or greet anyone, remember to greet all of nature, all visible and invisible creatures. Say to them: “I am grateful for your work, I love you and want to be in harmony with you!” At this very moment, in response to your greeting, all of nature will open to you and send you energy for the entire day.

– Omraam Mikhael Aivanho

Gratefulness for the Entire World

Whenever feeling downcast, each person should vitally remember, “For my sake, the entire world was created.

– Baal Shem Tov

Even the orange beetles on the milkweed were created for me.