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Archive for the category “Gratitude”

“Statement on Life”


“My Statement on Life”

         by Jason Jameson Sealy Highlands Ranch, Colorado

“My point is that life has its good sides and its bad ones.

But always look to the good side.

If you go through life always looking down, you are not living, you’re just passing by.

What you are doing is wasting a life … yours.

Life is a blessing, not a curse.

You’ve got to see the sunsets as the birth of a new night, not the death of a day.

I think happiness can be compared to a lit torch in the darkness, the darkness being the lives  of those who are sad.

The darkness does not vanquish the torch, it’s quite the opposite.

It has the ability to light the lives of others and maybe light their torches.

I am in the U.S. and life is great.  There is a God and I think He likes me.

I am an optimist and every day is a great day.

Life is too short and sweet to waste away feeling sad.

I always have a smile on my face even when I might feel down.

Life has its highs and lows.  Look past the downs … look up, I say.

If you are happy, it will show.

Slap on a smile … it will pay.”

 Jason died in an accident at the age of 16 shortly after writing this beautiful poem.      (‘The Soul of Winning, What Fuels the Heart of a Winner’ by Byrd Baggett)



“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each guest has been sent as a guide from beyond.”    (Rumi)


“Richer and Happier – Wind Beneath My Wings”


“Alone we can do nothing, but together our minds fuse into something whose power is far beyond of its separate parts.   The kingdom cannot be found alone, and you who are the kingdom cannot find yourself alone.”    (A Course in Miracles, Helen Schucman and William Thetford)



“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.  Serve and thou shall be served.”       (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



“Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.”        (Albert Schweitzer)



“Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.”
         (‘Wind Beneath My Wings’, lyrics written by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley)


“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.


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.

“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



“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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