From Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience
And if there are a few bitter memories, my wish is that you will toss them out along with the turkey carcass.
And I wonder, this Day After, What if we embrace gratefulness beyond tokens of thanksgiving, dutiful gratitude journals, and a few hastily written thank you notes?
What if we Remain Thankful?
What if gratitude became as natural as speaking?
Gratitude is a language you speak with your hands, the way you form the vowels and spaces of your life and we could all learn it together. ~Ann Voskamp
How to I begin to speak the language of gratitude?
The key to a thankful heart is focusing more on what God HAS DONE for you rather than on what you need. ~Rick Warren.
I want to Remain Thankful and continue the process of Thanksgiving so the language of gratitude becomes my default setting.
Always let your prayer take the form of thanksgiving, on the assumption that God is giving you great and wonderful things. ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Visit the wonderful Gratitude Community at We Love Gratitude!
Why is gratitude strengthening? Because it recharges the soul. Anyone who is grateful is focusing on what is good, and ultimately all good things come from God. This means that the thankful person is aligning himself with the most powerful force in the universe and is drawing strength from it.
But the benefit of just coasting on the feeling will wane like the Oscar enthusiasm has waned this week.
For a sustained benefit, any time I feel a blast of appreciation or a sudden surge of gratitude, I must remember to translate it into action.
※ Write that note
※ Make that phone call
※ Send that small gift or flower
※ Act as if the impulse to act were a divine command.
It’s a necessary step to take, because it completes a circle based on a profound yet simple spiritual law, the law that says seek and find, search and discover.
In this life, if you steadfastly affirm goodness,
goodness will be there.
If you affirm love, you will find it.
And if you affirm thankfulness, blessings will flow *
Seth Godin wrote, “Self sufficiency appears to be a worthy goal, but it’s now impossible if you want to actually get anything done. All our productivity, leverage and insight comes from being part of a community, not apart from it.”