Monday, January 12, 2009

Be Thankful

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Once upon a time there was a poor man who visited a rich friend and the two drank alcohol until the poor man fell asleep. The rich man had to leave early, but before he went, he sewed a precious jewel into the lining of the poor man's cloak. The poor man was totally unaware of his new wealth and wandered around as a beggar for years until one day he met the rich man again and only then did he discover the fortune he carried around with him.

Just like this story, we all carry around with us hidden treasure and we need the key of gratitude to appreciate the value of our lives.

Fill a glass of water half-way and put it on a table in front of you. Consider the glass of water is it half-empty or half-full? To a person who has walked in the hot desert for hours without water, that glass of water is definitely half-full but to some people it is half-empty. Of course both are true; it's all a matter of perspective. The same is true about the way we view our lives.

Some people live their lives in perpetual hunger. They can only see what is missing in their lives, and their lives are defined by the pursuit of the missing possessions, status, fame or fortune. Other people have learnt to value what they already have, and for them life itself becomes the greatest of all treasures. They have learnt the power of gratitude.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. 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

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Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.


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