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Archive for the category “Gratitude”

“Who Has Made a Difference in Your Life?

Please note below the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip.   

   “1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

    2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

    3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.

    4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

    5. Name the last six Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

    6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

 How did you do?

The point is:   none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.   These are no second-rate achievers.  They are the best in their fields.   But the applause dies.   Awards tarnish.   Achievements are forgotten.   Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz.   See how you do on this one:

    1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

    2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

    3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

    4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

    5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The lesson:  The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.   They are the ones that care; they are the ones who have made a difference in your life.   And, one more thing  . . .  :

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.   It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”         (Charles Schultz)

**  Please take note of the other two posts for today, November 30, 2012.

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“Thank You”

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” (Edward Sandford Martin)

“Encourage one another. Many times a word or praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept people on their feet.” (Charles Swindoll)

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” (Brian Tracy)

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” (Meister Eckhart)

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” (W. Clement Stone)

Thanksgiving Day is primarily an American holiday celebrated on November 22; however, Canada has a Thanksgiving Day celebrated in October and many other countries throughout the world set aside a day to give thanks and show gratitude. Regardless of whether there is a formal day to celebrate either as a cultural or religious holiday, giving thanks and showing gratitude is ingrained in all of us. Tell those around you “Thank You.” ~ GM Universe

“Life’s Little Instructions” by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

 

The following are some of H. Jackson Brown, Jr.’s Life’s Little Instructions that I’ve pulled from his collection: 

  • “Sing in the shower.
  • Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection.
  • Compliment 3 people every day.
  • Leave everything a little better than you found it.
  • Say, “Thank you” and “Please” a lot.
  • Avoid negative people.
  • Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  • Be the first to say hello.
  • Stop blaming others
  • Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  • Wave at kids on school buses.
  • Be there when people need you.
  • Don’t expect life to be fair.
  • Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
  • Don’t be afraid to say, “I made a mistake.”
  • Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”
  • Keep your promises no matter what.
  • Count your blessings.” 

They are not that hard.  Try to  do as many if not all of them as you go through Life.     ~  GM Universe

 

“Gratitude”

“Here’s a thought based on Oprah’s book club:   Sit down at the end of each day and write out 5 things for which you are grateful.

We go through life each day so unaware, and take for granted so many things.   There are those persons, unseen and unknown, to whom we need to be grateful.   We take for granted turning on a light switch.   We assume electricity will light the lamp, but how about the people that keep the system running?   Same for the water, and the supermarket.   We walk in and everyday it’s filled with food.   How did it get on the shelves?   How did it get to the stores?   How did it get out of the fields?   How did it first get planted?

Every day we need to overflow with gratitude.   Looking at life from such a perspective will begin to change our daily attitude towards all life, and, possibly, even towards our self and others.”    (Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR)

  

“I’m utterly convinced that the key to lifelong success is the regular exercise of a single emotional muscle:   ‘gratitude.’     (Geoffrey James)

 

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.   The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”     (Source Unknown)

 

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