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Is You Is or Is You Ain’t

While much has been said about the importance of living a life steeped in gratitude, I’m not sure many of us who say we get it, really get it.  It was once pointed out to me that when saying we are grateful, we are saying we are full of gratitude.

Being full of gratitude then suggests, if not mandates, that we can’t hold or contain anything else because gratitude expands and fills every cell.  We can’t be full of gratitude and have any worry or any doubt.  We can’t be grate-full and be full of complaints or the “buts.”  You know, “I’m grateful but I wish there were _____.” (You fill in the blank.)

As a Christian who is always in search for truth that can be applied to my life and the life of those I care about; I read.  I read and then I analyze what I’ve read.  I do this because I want to uncover the meaning and value of what is being said.

Although I am a Christian one who believes that much of what is taught as Christianity today has little to do with Christ; I am still cautious when sharing words of those who don’t profess Christ as their personal savior. But as a former pastor once said, “Truth is truth.”

After being dealt an emotional blow, one that suggested I complained more than I showed that I was grateful; I decided to again really look at how I could embrace a life of gratitude.  I decided to dedicate the remainder of October to not only being grateful but being mindful of the moments that produced joy and thanksgiving.  I wanted to be mindfully grateful.

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Here are some quotes I came up with (you can check them out in picture form on my IG page here).  Oh, and I threw in some questions and thoughts of my own. You’re welcome!

What does gratitude look like? How does it feel on your skin? If it had a smell, what would the aroma remind you of?  Cherise Young

You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company. Diane von Furstenberg

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie

We are all more blind to what we have than to what we have not. Audre Lorde

Find the good and praise it. Alex Haley

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. 1Timothy 4:4

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.  W. Clement Stone

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Enough is a feast. Buddhist Proverb

Life is a tragedy full of joy. Bernard Malamud

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.” Oprah Winfrey

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

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” Elizabeth Gilbert

When you give appreciation in order to get something it’s manipulation and people can sense it. Appreciate genuinely.” Marilyn Suttle

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Our mothers and grandmothers… moving to music not yet written. Alice Walker

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:16-18

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.  Melody Beattie

Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone. Gertrude Stein

What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. Brenē Brown

Thank the Lord every place you go! Psalms 100:4

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. Richard Bach

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. Henry Matisse

The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement. Unknown

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. Cynthia Ozick

This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. Maya Angelou

The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see. Mary Davis

It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything. Alan Cohen

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Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude. Deepak Chopra

Today, I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.” Anonymous

To cultivate gratitude, it must be first grounded in praise. Praise for where we’ve been, where we are and praise for where we are going. Cherise Young

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