Gratitude.

October 18, 2014 § 2 Comments

“There is a wave of gratefulness because people are becoming aware how important this is and how this can change our world. It can change our world in immensely important ways, because if you’re grateful, you’re not fearful, and if you’re not fearful, you’re not violent. If you’re grateful, you act out of a sense of enough and not of a sense of scarcity, and you are willing to share. If you are grateful, you are enjoying the differences between people, and you are respectful to everybody, and that changes this power pyramid under which we live.” – David Steindl-Rast

 

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Oak Creek Canyon aerial

Oak Creek Canyon aerial

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-slide-fire-in-oak-creek-canyon.html

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“Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” – Steve Maraboli

 

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/nebraska/explore/why-i-give-stacy-simon.xml

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“Our holiday food splurge was a small crate of tangerines, which we found ridiculously thrilling after an eight-month abstinence from citrus…. Lily hugged each one to her chest before undressing it as gently as a doll. Watching her do that as she sat cross-legged on the floor one morning in pink pajamas, with bliss lighting her cheeks, I thought: Lucky is the world, to receive this grateful child. Value is not made of money, but a tender balance of expectation and longing.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

https://www.artforconservation.org/store/product_details.php?pr=186

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“I have learned over a period of time to be almost unconsciously grateful–as a child is–for a sunny day, blue water, flowers in a vase, a tree turning red. I have learned to be glad at dawn and when the sky is dark. Only children and a few spiritually evolved people are born to feel gratitude as naturally as they breathe, without even thinking. Most of us come to it step by painful step, to discover that gratitude is a form of acceptance.” – Faith Baldwin

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/oak-creek-canyon/

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“I made cranberry sauce, and when it was done put it into a dark blue bowl for the beautiful contrast. I was thinking, doing this, about the old ways of gratitude: Indians thanking the deer they’d slain, grace before supper, kneeling before bed. I was thinking that gratitude is too much absent in our lives now, and we need it back, even if it only takes the form of acknowledging the blue of a bowl against the red of cranberries.” – Elizabeth Berg

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Oak Creek Canyon Fall

Oak Creek Canyon Fall

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“If there is one thing the psychic taught me, it’s that people and events are rarely who and what we think they are. They are more meaningful, more worth our attention-part of some finely choreographed, eternal dance that we would be wise to bow down before in gratitude and humility.” – Leslie Morgan Steiner

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§ 2 Responses to Gratitude.

  • It’s certainly worth remembering all the things we have to be grateful for 🙂

    • southwestdesertlover says:

      Hi Chrissie. Yes, I agree. On the days I remember to stop and be grateful for good health, sanity (relatively speaking), a roof over my head, food in the frig, etc. in my life, those days are smooth, relaxed and I feel more connected to the world. Big virtual hug and chop kisses for Dixie and Tilly from Karen and Wyatt the Boxer.

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