Posts tagged ‘gratitude’

December 14, 2015

Give the gift of your gratitude

Thought of the moment, courtesy of writer William Arthur Ward:

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

How many times have you been helped, supported or touched by someone and neglected to say thank you? Your gratitude truly is a gift to give. It may seem small, but it can have enormous impact. Give it freely, and watch how it brightens the world around you.

October 11, 2014

A question about happiness

Thought for the day:

If you don’t feel grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

(From a public-participation art display at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia, September 2014)

All the ingredients for a happy life already exist within you — even if you have to rummage around in your deepest, darkest corners to find them. 🙂

July 3, 2013

Be a gatherer (and keep climbing)

I came across these two anonymous quotes on the cover of a small notebook in my favourite local bookstore:

She climbed until she saw.

She is a gatherer: moonlight, found wishes, moments of gratitude.

Beautiful.

April 18, 2013

Poetic wisdom for open eyes and a wild heart

The Summer Day
by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean —
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down —
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?