Thursday, November 25, 2010


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial
into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie the author of Codependence No More puts the meaning of gratitude in terms everyone can understand. We always find the art of accepting, allowing, and appreciating staring us in the face, but our focus may be somewhere else. Gratitude is a message that is rooted in all religions. It may be dressed in a suit of authoritative boundaries, and it may be armed with stipulations that impose selective restrictions on its use, but gratitude is always waiting to shine the light of abundance on our journey through life.

A few simple thoughts about gratitude unlock the door of knowing and a chasm of emptiness is filled with the abundant and ever-giving stream of our own consciousness.

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is,
"thank you," that would suffice.
~Meister Eckhart

Let's be grateful for those who give us happiness;
they are the charming gardeners who make our soul bloom.
~Marcel Proust

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be
for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
~Konrad von Gesner

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