For the last few years, I’ve devoted the final Pause message of December to focusing on one key idea. Peace, joy, love, hope, kindness, and grace have all taken their turns in the spotlight.
As 2012 winds to an end, I find myself grateful for so many of the people and events of my life. And, so, gratitude steps forward to take its turn center stage.
The work of positive psychologists, like Martin Seligman, stresses the impact of gratitude on our sense of well-being. Even in the toughest of times, if you can find small blessings for which to be grateful, you can reset your emotional thermostat for comfort. That means less sweating it out in the heat of the moment and less shivering when life turns a cold shoulder in your direction.
I hope you enjoy reflecting on a few of my favorite quotes on gratitude. May you and yours find many reasons to be grateful at this time, and more throughout the year that lies ahead.
Thanks for staying tuned to the Pause message, and for sharing these ideas with family, friends and colleagues. Catch you on the flip side of the new year!
Appreciatively Yours, Pat
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward
When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. – Maya Angelou
What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. – Colette
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus
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
What if you gave someone a gift and they didn’t thank you for it? Would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. If you want to attract more blessings, you must appreciate the ones you already have. – Ralph Marston
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. – Ralph H. Blum
Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful. — Marelisa Fábrega
The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. – Neale Donald Walsch
If we can’t appreciate what we have, more will never be enough. – Suzanne Bates
Katz Family Greetings: From my family to yours, best wishes for a joy-filled, peaceful close to 2012 and a new year brimming with adventures and fueled by good health. Here’s a link to the Katz Family 2012 in Photos.