August 20, 2002
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your
arms too full to embrace the present.
Appreciation is like looking through a wide-angle lens that lets you
see the entire forest, not just the one tree limb you walked up on.
- HeartMath Discovery Program, Doc Childre and Sara Paddison, (c)
Knowledge, ability, experience, are of little avail in reaching high
success if courtesy be lacking. Courtesy is the one passport that will
be accepted without question in every land, in every office, in every
home, in every heart in the world. For nothing commends itself so well
as kindness; and courtesy is kindness.
- George D. Powers
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a effort.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings~
Published in U S Legacies Magazine March 2003