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November 2006

 

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About Midlife Journeys

Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude



About Midlife Journeys

For many people, midlife is a time of transformation, a time of seeking greater purpose, joy and meaning in the second half of life. Midlife Journeys is a monthly newsletter designed to support you in reconnecting with your authentic self and energizing your life through deep self-nurturing, creative expression and heart-centered living. Each issue contains inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to greater aliveness, joy and fulfillment.

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Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude


This month, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a beautiful opportunity to express the gratitude we feel for the many blessings in our lives. And as we cultivate a daily attitude of gratitude, we attract more into our lives to be grateful for.

We can expand our attitude of gratitude by reflecting often on everything we're thankful for: our breath; a bed to sleep in and enough food to eat; our relationships which help us learn and grow; the kindness of others; the awesome beauty of nature; and so much more. We can also grow our gratitude by frequently expressing our genuine appreciation to others throughout the day.

I feel very grateful for the inspirational wisdom and guidance I find in the writings of philosophers and sages of all times. These quotes lift me up when I
'm in need of a spiritual boost. At Thanksgiving time, I enjoy making place cards for our Thanksgiving table, each with its own special message.

I share some of my favorites with you here. I am so grateful for your presence in my life. Thank you for your loving support as I continue to learn and grow. Please picture yourself around my Thanksgiving table and receive this offering of loving gratitude!

Be grateful for the feeling of gratitude. Wake up in gratitude, go through your day in gratitude and give thanks as you go to sleep. Be grateful that no matter what the circumstances, conditions or effects of your life are, the opportunities to learn and grow are always present. A prayer of gratitude is the highest prayer of all. --Hope Elliot

We look into our hearts to find that gratitude within; gratitude for our breath, for our pulse, for being here, in this very moment. --Rabbi Jonathan Omerman

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - -Melody Beattie

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. --Marcel Proust

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. --Denis Waitely

If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape. --Unknown

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. -- Buddha

A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise. --Baha'u'llah

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted--a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. --Rabbi Harold Kushner

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. --Gladys Berthe Stern

Gratitude is heaven itself. --William Blake

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. --Ralph H. Blum

If the only prayer you say in your whole life is
"thank you", that would be enough. --Meister Eckhart

Many blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!
Carol

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