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PAUSE – 12.35 – Gratitude

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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.

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  1. Melody

    Thanks for this post Pat – it’s a great reminder this time of year. And brought to mind a quote I stumbled upon recently –

    “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

    I find the holidays an especially good time to tell my family and friends how much they mean to me, and the joy that they bring to me.

    Merry Christmas! Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts in the new year!

  2. Pat Katz

    Thanks, Melody, for your kind comments, and also the William Arthur Ward quote. It’s a great one – especially worth remembering in this season of gifts to be shared.

  3. Silvia Martini

    Thank you Patricia, your fine work has evolved over the years, and I have truly enjoyed watching and learning from your insights. Wishing you and your family many blessings over this holiday season.

  4. Pat Katz

    Thanks so much for your kind comments on my work. It certainly has evolved from where I started some 24+ years ago. Life changes and we do, too. All the best of the new year to you and yours.
    Appreciatively, Pat

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