Friday, 8 October 2010

An Attitude of Gratitude

Take nothing for granted, for whenever you do,
The joy of enjoying is lessened for you.
For we rob our own lives much more than we know
When we fail to respond or in any way show
Our thanks for the blessings that daily are ours . . .
The warmth of the sun, the fragrance of flowers,
The beauty of twilight, the freshness of dawn,
The coolness of dew on a green velvet lawn,
The kind little deeds so thoughtfully done,
The favours of friends, and the love that someone
Unselfishly gives us in a myriad of ways,
Expecting no payment and no words of praise.
Oh, great is our loss when we no longer find
A thankful response to things of this kind.
For the joy of enjoying and the fullness of living
Are found in a heart that is full of thanksgiving.
~Helen Steiner Rice

One of my favourite talks in last weekend's October conference was the one given by President Monson on cultivating an attitude of gratitude. It really struck home with me. Todd and I have experienced so much loss in the past year . . . my job, our home, our beloved Jess, our car . . . but still amidst all the loss there have been great pockets of joy and blessings too numerous to hold. An attitude of gratitude . . . that's the secret to a happy life!

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Tracy said...

Isn't she lovely?! Just catching up here on your wonderful art journal, Marie! Somehow I forgot to add the link directly to my Google Reader list... LOL! MARVELOUS work you're doing these days. I am in awe! Happy Day, dear friend--LOVE YOU LOTS :o) ((BIG HUGS))

Tracey said...

She is beautiful! Love Steiner-Rice. I'm having quite a gratitude-filled weekend :-)