June 6, 2019
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
As you know my acute bronchitis has taken me down for almost a week. I am still recovering but am much better.
I am grateful for the good wishes I received from so many of you, they helped. The following article is worth our read as it points out the therapeutic value of gratitude.
Gratitude truths that will change you forever
by Steven Aitchison
The grateful person is a happy person. Everyone wants their fair share of blessings. Gratitude brings blessings and lots of them. But wait, there’s more. Did you know……?
Gratitude helps us forgive. Let’s face it, we’ve all been burned. Some of us pretty bad. We can carry a grudge and be filled with hate and anger forever or we could say thank you for the experience and send it away. Hurt and all.
Gratitude leads to kindness. When we are sincerely grateful for what we have, it makes us want to spread kindness so others can feel this gratitude too. The more people have a grateful heart, the happier this world will be.
Gratitude keeps us humble. Expressing gratitude for the things we have, no matter how big or small, reminds us of the things that others have or don’t have and puts us all on the same level. There is no one above or below us. This is what gratitude can do.
Gratitude garners respect. People will see that you are sincere in thanx and will appreciate and respect you more because of that. Some people are not very gracious in accepting blessings and gifts. When you show you are, others will be more apt to continue to bring blessings to you.
Gratitude leads to appreciation. Appreciation of the all things you already have in your life. You will see your things in a whole new light and realize that your life is full of things to be grateful for. You’ll see.
Gratitude brings joy. It sure does. When we look at all we have in our life, job, family, good health, prosperity, etc. we feel great joy. How on earth did we get so lucky, right? How can we not be filled with joy from all the great blessings in our life?
Gratitude helps us enjoy today. We are so busy being happy and joyous about today that we forget the hurt from yesterday and don’t worry too much about what may show up tomorrow. None of that matters when we are happy for today.
Gratitude is contagious. In a good way of course. You can spread gratitude just like you can cheer and love. When others catch on to this gratitude wave you have going on, they will want to make it part of their lives too.
Gratitude brings peace. And we all need a little peace in our lives. When we have a grateful heart there is only love and joy. There will be no room for worry, sadness or stress. Peace is definitely the way to go.
Gratitude makes the bad days ok. Not every day is going to be a good day but when w e stay in a state of gratitude, we can handle the bad days with more patience, love and understanding. It keeps us aware of all the things in our life that a re going good. When that happens, that bad thing is more tolerable and isn’t so bad after all.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
I took my daughter to the doctor for her 2-year-old check. They had her do coordination tests, like stacking blocks, and they watch and see if they walk properly. And then the doctor said, “Allison, can you stand on one foot for me?” And she walked over and stood on his foot.
You can tell the romance is getting serious when the girl starts asking her mom how to thaw food.
One of my first evenings back from overseas, my girl’s understanding parents left us alone in the living room. Naturally, we did not talk all the time. In the midst of a kiss, I noticed her little sister in her nightgown watching us from the doorway. “If you will be a good girl and go to bed, I will give you a quarter,” I said to her.
Without taking the bribe or saying a word, she ran off but soon was back again.
“Here is a dollar,” she said. “I wanna watch.”
“Don’t spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They’ll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents.” Billiam Coronel
Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to His own children. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was “DON’T!”
“Don’t what?” Adam replied. “Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.” God said.
“Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve…we have forbidden fruit!!!!!” “No Way!” “Yes way!”
“Do NOT eat the fruit!” said God.
“Because I am your Father and I said so!” God replied, wondering why He hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants. A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked! “Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” God asked.
“Uh huh,” Adam replied.
“Then why did you?” said the Father.
“I don’t know,” said Eve.
“She started it!” Adam said “Did not!”
Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
Success stops when you do.
“George is so forgetful,” the sales manager complained to his secretary. “It’s a wonder he can sell and I’m not sure he’ll even remember to come back.”
Just then the door flew open, and in bounced George. “You’ll never guess what happened!” he shouted. “While I was at lunch, I met Old Man Brown, who hasn’t bought anything from us for five years. Well, we got to talking and he gave me this half-million dollar order!”
“See,” sighed the sales manager to his secretary. “I told you he’d forget the sandwiches.”
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
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