July 25, 2018
“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
I have really appreciated all the messages we have received from so many of you, my friends. They brighten our days. I am learning to appreciate much of what I have often just taken for granted including our many friends and acquittances.
I am especially grateful for all our three children continue to do for us. They have been taking care of so much of our needs. They even are making sure that the next changes in our lives is as painless as possible. We are truly blessed.
Yes, in truth what makes our days happier than they might otherwise be is our friends and our family. I am truly grateful to you all.
Here is an abridged article written by Marelisa Fabrega that says how I feel.
How Gratitude Can Change Your Life
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. “To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings.”
Notice and Appreciate Each Day’s Gifts
People tend to take for granted the good that is already present in their lives. There’s a gratitude exercise that instructs that you should imagine losing some of the things that you take for granted, such as your home, your ability to see or hear, your ability to walk, or anything that currently gives you comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things back, one by one, and consider how grateful you would be for each and every one.
There are Many Ways to Practice Gratitude
A common method to develop the practice of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. This exercise basically consists of writing down every day a list of three to ten things for which you are grateful; you can do this first thing in the morning or before going to bed at night.
Once you become oriented toward looking for things to be grateful for, you will find that you begin to appreciate simple pleasures and things that you previously took for granted. Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good even in unpleasant situations. Today, start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful; in this way, you’ll be on your way toward becoming a master of gratitude.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
I came home one night and my wife was crying.
I said, “what’s wrong?”
She said, “I’m home sick.”
I said, “This is your home.”
And she said, “Yes, and I’m sick of it!”
Pride is something we have. Vanity is something others have.
Little Tony was staying with his grandmother for a few days. He’d been playing outside with the other kids for a while when he came Into the house and asked her, “Grandma, what is that called when two People are sleeping in the same room and one is on top of the other?”
She was a little taken aback, but decided to tell him the truth. “It’s called sexual intercourse, darling.” Little Tony just said, “Oh, OK” and went back outside to talk and play with the other kids.
A few minutes later he came back in and said angrily, “Grandma, it is not called sexual intercourse! It’s called Bunk Beds and Jimmy’s Mom wants to talk to you!!”
My wife dresses to kill. She cooks the same way.
My friend’s husband is always telling her that housekeeping would be a snap if only she would organize her time better. Recently he had a chance to put his theory into practice while his wife was away.
When I popped in one evening to see how he was managing, he crowed, “I made a cake, frosted it, washed the kitchen windows, cleaned all the cupboards, scrubbed the kitchen floor, walls and ceiling and even had a bath.”
I was about to concede that perhaps he was a better manager than his wife, when he added sheepishly, “When I was making the chocolate frosting, I forgot to turn off the mixer before taking the beaters out of the bowl, so I had to do all the rest.”
When you can’t have what you want, it’s time to start wanting what you have.
Two Martians were cruising through the solar system when they suddenly got the urge to try some Earth food. They had no local currency so decided to steal some Mars bars from the local shop. They furtively slipped into the shop while the shopkeeper wasn’t looking, nabbed the bars and slipped back out again.
“Stop! You never paid for those!” shouted the shopkeeper.
The aliens dropped the bars and beamed back up to the mothership. Their mates were furious when they discovered they hasn’t brought any food back with them. “What?” they goggled, “You couldn’t even take a few Mars bars from a shop without getting caught? What happened?”
“I don’t know how the shopkeeper saw us,” said one of the unsuccessful shoplifters. “She must have had eyes in the front of her head!”
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
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