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[Quote No.51344] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The ideal man bears the accidents of life ['the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' as Shakespeare put it] with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. " - Aristotle

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[Quote No.51358] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Contrast the experience with something worse and you cannot help feeling happy and grateful because...] The change from trouble to comfort gives us more pleasure than uninterrupted comfort does." - Maimonides

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[Quote No.51461] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Have a grateful heart [to be happy]." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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[Quote No.51520] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"A journal, [is] a book that shall contain a record of all your joy, your ecstasy, [what you are grateful for]." - Henry David Thoreau

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[Quote No.51525] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem about difficulties helping us to grow in knowledge, skills and attitudes. The poem is called 'Victory in Defeat':]

Defeat may serve as well as victory,
To shake the soul and let the glory out!
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in new beauty, and the trunk,
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief,
Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come,
to stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.

" - Edwin Markham
This is all of his short poem entitled, 'Victory in Defeat'.
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[Quote No.51535] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"We should be grateful for the difficulties in our lives... for they help us grow strong. We should be grateful for the problems we have to solve... for they help us grow wise. We should be grateful for the dangers we have to face... for they help us grow brave." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.51540] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about being grateful for our struggles as they help us to grow:] Butterfly - A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were Nature's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives in order to grow to our full potential." - Unknown

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[Quote No.51549] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about negativity and pessimism versus positivity and optimism:] An Unusual Bird Dog - There was a hunter who bought a bird dog, the only one of its kind in the world. That could walk on water. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw this miracle. At the same time, he was very pleased that he could show off his new acquisition to his friends. He invited a friend to go duck hunting. After some time, they shot a few ducks and the man ordered his dog to run and fetch the birds. All day-long, the dog ran on water and kept fetching the birds. The owner was expecting a comment or a compliment about his amazing dog, but never got one. As they were returning home, he asked his friend if he had noticed anything unusual about his dog. The friend replied, 'Yes, in fact, I did notice something unusual. Your dog can’t swim.' Some people use their creativity to focus on the negatives in any situation rather than using it to see the best in all things and so being happy and grateful things aren't worse. " - Unknown

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[Quote No.52423] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Compare your situation to something worse: Think of something you are unhappy about. Now notice that the reason it makes you unhappy is that you are comparing your situation to something better. You're comparing your situation to something more ideal. But try this: Think of someone in this world who would take your situation over theirs in a heartbeat. Or imagine your own situation was much worse than it is. Whatever you are unhappy about, you can easily find a worse situation to compare it to. And from that perspective, you are lucky to have the problem you have, even though it is obviously not ideal. Who says the ideal is a legitimate thing to use as a comparison anyway? Something worse is at least as legitimate, and has a benefit too: You feel better." - Adam Khan
[refer http://www.moodraiser.com/2007/08/top-ten-ways-to-raise-your-mood.html ]
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[Quote No.51622] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about negativity and pessimism versus positivity and optimism:] There are some people who knock the pyramids because they don't have elevators." - Jim Ferree

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[Quote No.51626] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about praising what have rather than criticizing what haven't:] There are some people who knock the pyramids because they don't have elevators!!!" - Jim Ferree

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[Quote No.51632] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Positivity, optimism and gratitude versus Negativity, pessimism and bitterness:] Life is like a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. " - Ernest Holmes

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[Quote No.51636] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself." - Tecumseh
Shawnee Chief
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[Quote No.51682] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"In life there are two things to regularly meditate on and share with others regarding gratitude: firstly that any experience could have been worse so it is a grateful relief that it wasn't worse and; secondly that nearly every experience, product and service - especially in the modern market environment - involves an enormous chain of people, from business people, primary producers to manufacturers to transportation workers and sales people and managers, etc., from public servants, police, teachers, doctors and nurses, etc., to make it happen and it is helpful to our own, our family and friends and others sense of gratitude and over-all happiness with human society and our world to be thankful to each and every one of them for their contribution - in the distant and recent past, even if they were also doing it for the money they and their loved ones needed." - Ben O'Grady
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[Quote No.51696] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The Scope [Chain of service, value and] of Gratitude: A friend of mine, Rabbi Leibel Benjaminson, described a self-improvement ('mussar') group in which he participated. In order to improve their sense of gratitude, everyone in the group was to select one thing that they do frequently - and then think for 10 minutes about its ramifications. My friend drank one cup of coffee every morning, and he chose this cup of coffee as his subject. He felt it would be easier to work on the assignment if he wrote his thoughts on paper. To his surprise, the 10 minutes quickly turned into 35. He wrote about how the coffee beans grew in Brazil. Someone planted the trees and took care of them until the coffee reached maturity. Then workers picked the beans from the trees. The beans were roasted and ground, and packed for shipping. He described all the work involved in the shipping industry which allowed the coffee to reach the United States. This alone required hundreds of people. Finally, the coffee arrived at the port in Haifa from where it was taken to his grocery story in Jerusalem. He wrote about the gas range that boiled the water, and the match he used. (And how much easier it is to use a match rather than have to rub two sticks together!) He wrote about how the gas reached his home and what was necessary to build his stove. He wrote about the water kettle that whistled to let him know that the water had boiled. The milk he added required the work of many people from the time it left the cow until it reached his coffee cup. At the end of 35 minutes, he saw he had not even begun to write about the actual cup, saucer, or teaspoon nor the table he placed it on, or the chair he sat on!! Through this exercise, he became aware of so many things he'd been taking for granted. ...Would you like to have a similar experience? Try it today: Pick something that you enjoy doing, and write as much as you can about what there is to appreciate." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
'Gateway to Happiness', p.43.
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[Quote No.51697] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Cultivate Gratitude: Lack of gratitude is at the root of discontent. In order to be consistently serene, we must master the attribute of being grateful to the Creator [if religious] for all His gifts. As the Torah (Deuteronomy 26:11) states, 'Rejoice with all the good the Almighty has given you.' This does not negate our wanting more. But it does mean that we have a constant feeling of gratitude since as long as we are alive, we always have a list of things for which to be grateful." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Serenity', p.60.
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[Quote No.51819] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. [If things could not have been worse, we would not be grateful!]" - Anne Bradstreet

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[Quote No.51891] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude." - Elie Wiesel

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[Quote No.51950] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A true story - with a message about handling difficult situations by remembering that it could be worse and that I help myself be more able to cope by focusing on seeing myself getting through it.] - Adrift - In 1982 Steven Callahan was crossing the Atlantic alone in his sailboat when it struck something and sank. He was out of the shipping lanes and floating in a life raft, alone. His supplies were few. His chances were small. Yet when three fishermen found him seventy-six days later (the longest anyone has survived a shipwreck on a life raft alone), he was alive -- much skinnier than he was when he started, but alive. His account of how he survived is fascinating. His ingenuity -- how he managed to catch fish, how he fixed his solar still (evaporates sea water to make fresh) -- is very interesting. But the thing that caught my eye was how he managed to keep himself going when all hope seemed lost, when there seemed no point in continuing the struggle, when he was suffering greatly, when his life raft was punctured and after more than a week struggling with his weak body to fix it, it was still leaking air and wearing him out to keep pumping it up. He was starved. He was desperately dehydrated. He was thoroughly exhausted. Giving up would have seemed the only sane option. When people survive these kinds of circumstances, they do something with their minds that gives them the courage to keep going. Many people in similarly desperate circumstances give in or go mad. Something the survivors do with their thoughts helps them find the guts to carry on in spite of overwhelming odds. 'I tell myself I can handle it,' wrote Callahan in his narrative. 'Compared to what others have been through, I'm fortunate. I tell myself these things over and over, building up fortitude....' I wrote that down after I read it. It struck me as something important. And I've told myself the same thing when my own goals seemed far off or when my problems seemed too overwhelming. And every time I've said it, I have always come back to my senses. The truth is, our circumstances are only bad compared to something better. But others have been through much worse. I've read enough history to know you and I are lucky to be where we are, when we are, no matter how bad it seems to us compared to our fantasies. It's a sane thought and worth thinking. So here, coming to us from the extreme edge of survival, are words that can give us strength. Whatever you're going through, tell yourself you can handle it. Compared to what others have been through, you're fortunate! Tell this to yourself over and over, and it will help you get through the rough spots with a little more fortitude. " - Adam Khan
'Self-Help Stuff That Works'
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[Quote No.51966] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about 1- being grateful and happy with whatever we have as things could always be worse and 2- if people can be happy with a worse situation then we should make sure we appreciate what we have.] - World of Smiles - About ten years ago when I was an undergraduate in college, I was working as an intern at my University's Museum of Natural History. One day while working at the cash register in the gift shop, I saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair. As I looked closer at this girl, I saw that she was kind of perched on her chair. I then realized she had no arms or legs, just a head, neck and torso. She was wearing a little white dress with red polka dots. As the couple wheeled her up to me I was looking down at the register. I turned my head toward the girl and gave her a wink. As I took the money from her grandparents, I looked back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest smile I have ever seen. All of a sudden her handicap was gone and all I saw was this beautiful girl, whose smile just melted me and almost instantly gave me a completely new sense of what life is all about. She took me from a poor, unhappy college student and brought me into her world; a world of smiles, love and warmth. That was ten years ago. I'm a successful business person now and whenever I get down and think about the troubles of the world, I think about that little girl and the remarkable lesson about life that she taught me." - Unknown

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[Quote No.51969] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about gratitude:] - Blessing Tree - I had gone into a supervisor's office to talk about a couple of issues that needed to be addressed. She, like all of the men and women in her department, had been through the proverbial 'ringer.' The stress was so intense, one could almost taste it. I had been assisting the department during a crunch period of being very short-handed, and was watching everyone get close to burn-out. When I inquired about her state of mind, she confessed that her home life was almost non-existant, because she was 'zombie-ing through the evening'. The next words out of her mouth expressed a frustration of my own: 'This work is not my gift from God. My family is!' I had heard of hanging all of one's problems from the office on a 'Trouble Tree' while driving home, to be picked up on the way back to the office in the morning, and for a brief second thought about suggesting that scenario. But what came out was: 'Why don't we do something different? Let's have a Blessing Tree. On the way home in the evening, we could pull down a blessing to dwell on a character trait we adore in our spouse, a particular reason we love them, the love they or our children have for us, etc. The list could be endless.' When I tried it on the way home that night, the stress seemed to melt away. There was a 'spring in my step' and when I arrived, a smile of joy and contentment was bubbling up from within! For the first time in 2 weeks, I was overjoyed to greet my wife and children! The Blessing Tree could make a major difference in your evenings, especially after those REALLY tough days." - John Sharrock

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[Quote No.51977] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"When you get down on yourself and think you have it too tough, just remember that, in every circumstance, someone has it tougher! If you have it bad, someone has it worse! ...I think I found 'the secret of life!' You say 'Oh sure, the secret of life! Isn't he going a little overboard?' That long sought after secret has been here all the time! Everyone can join me! It's so wonderful! The secret of life ... is enjoying every moment without taking anything for granted!" - Ben Breedlove
In midwinter in Washington state, USA, he was in a disabling motorcycle accident, that put him into a coma from December 22, 1995 to February 15, 1996. He came to the above revelation about being happy after his subsequent divorce and through the on-going long process of rehabilitation.
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[Quote No.51978] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about controlling the emotions you feel by controlling what you compare your experiences to. So if you compare them to something better then you feel depressed, bitter and unhappy. But if you compare them to something worse then you feel uplifted, grateful and happy.] - Perspective - The Master was in a mellow mood and the disciples were inquisitive. Did he ever feel depressed? They asked. He did. Wasn't it also true that he was in a continual state of happiness? They persisted. It was. What was the secret? They wanted to know. Said the Master, 'This: Everything is as good or as bad as one's opinion makes it [by what you compare it to].' " - Anthony de Mello
(1931 – 1987), Anthony 'Tony' de Mello was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist, as well as a spiritual teacher, writer and public speaker. This quote is from the book, 'One Minute Wisdom'.
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[Quote No.51980] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Be Thankful... - Be thankful...for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat. Be thankful...for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear. Be thankful...for those unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed. Be thankful...for this bathroom, complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory; they are so convenient. Be thankful...for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs defrosting so badly; It has served us faithfully for many years. It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals. Be thankful...for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today. It has baked so many things over the years. Be thankful...for that tall grass that needs mowing, the lawn that needs raking; we all enjoy the yard. Be thankful...for even that slamming screen door. My kids are healthy and able to run and play. All these chores awaiting me says our family is very lucky. I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52062] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about being grateful that things are not worse.] - Happiness - 'I am in desperate need of help -- or I'll go crazy. We're living in a single room -- my wife, my children and my in-laws. So our nerves are on edge, we yell and scream at one another. The room is a hell.' 'Do you promise to do whatever I tell you?' said the Master gravely. 'I swear I shall do anything.' 'Very well. How many animals do you have?' 'A cow, a goat and six chickens.' 'Take them all into the room with you. Then come back after a week.' The disciple was appalled. But he had promised to obey! So he took the animals in. A week later he came back, a pitiable figure, moaning, 'I'm a nervous wreck. The dirt! The stench! The noise! We're all on the verge of madness!' 'Go back,' said the Master, 'and put the animals out.' The man ran all the way home. And came back the following day, his eyes sparkling with joy. 'How sweet life is! The animals are out. The home is a Paradise, so quiet and clean and roomy!'" - Anthony de Mello, SJ
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[Quote No.52070] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: 'I Am Blessed Indeed'!]

Today upon a bus I saw a lovely girl with golden hair.
I envied her - she seemed so gay - and wished I were as fair.
But suddenly she rose to leave. I saw her hobble down the aisle,
she had only one leg and wore a crutch, but as she passed...a smile.
Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two legs, the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold them had such charm.
I stopped to talk to him, he seemed so glad, if I was late could do no harm.
As I left he said to me, 'I thank-you, you have been so kind.
It's nice to talk to folks like you, you see,' he said, 'I am blind.'
Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two eyes, the world is mine.

Later while walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play, he did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment and said, 'Why don't you join the others, dear?'
He looked ahead without a word and then I knew, he couldn't hear.
Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I go,
with eyes to see the sunset glow,
with ears to hear what I would know.
Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I am blessed indeed, the world is mine!

" - Og Mandino
(adapted from original by Red Foley)
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[Quote No.52074] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about appreciating what you already have and not taking anything for granted as it can disappear any day.] - Nasrudin Steals the Happiness - Nasrudin saw a man sitting dispiritedly at the side of the road. And asked him what troubled him. 'There is nothing of interest in life, my brother,' said the man. 'I have sufficient capital in order that I don't have to work, and I am only on this trip in order to seek something more interesting and entertaining than the life I have at home.' 'So far I haven't found it!' Without another word, Nasrudin seized the traveler's knapsack and made off down the road with it, running like a rabbit. Since he knew the area, he was easily able to out distance him. The road curved, and Nasrudin cut across several switchbacks, with the result that he was soon back on the road, well ahead of the man he had just robbed. He put the knapsack by the side of the road and waited for the distressed traveler to show up. Presently the miserable man appeared, following the tortuous road, more unhappy than ever because of his loss. As soon as he saw his property lying there, by the side of the road, he ran towards it, shouting with joy. 'That's one way of producing happiness,' said Nasrudin." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52145] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about learning to focus on the positives - that can praise and be grateful for - rather than on the negatives in life and other's behaviour:] - A Clever Dog - A butcher watching over his shop is really surprised when he saw a dog coming inside the shop. He shoos him away. But later, the dog is back again. So, he goes over to the dog and notices he has a note in his mouth. He takes the note and it reads 'Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please. The dog has money in his mouth, as well.' The butcher looks inside and, lo and behold, there is a ten dollar Note there. So he takes the money and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog's mouth. The butcher is so impressed, and since it's about closing time, he decides to shut up shop and follow the dog. So off he goes. The dog is walking down the street when he comes To a level crossing. The dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the button. Then he waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They do, and he walks across the road, with the butcher following him all the way. The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable. The butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog checks out the times, and then sits on one of the seats provided. Along comes a bus. The dog walks around to the front, looks at the number, and goes back to his seat. Another bus comes. Again the dog goes and looks at the number, notices it's the right bus, and climbs on. The butcher, by now, open-mouthed, follows him onto the bus. The bus travels through the town and out into the suburbs, the dog Looking at the scenery. Eventually he gets up, and moves to the front of the bus. He stands on 2 back paws and pushes the button to stop the bus. Then he gets off, his groceries still in his mouth. Well, dog and butcher are walking along the road, and then the dog turns into a house. He walks up the path, and drops the groceries on the step. Then he walks back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself against the door. He goes back down the path, runs up to the door and again, it throws himself against it. There's no answer at the house, so the dog goes back down the path, jumps up on a narrow wall, and walks along the perimeter of the garden. He gets to the window, and beats his head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door. The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts abusing the dog, kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him. The butcher runs up, and stops the guy. 'What in heaven's name are You doing? The dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for the life of me!' to which the guy responds: 'You call this clever? This is the second time this week that this stupid dog's forgotten his key.' " - Unknown

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[Quote No.52150] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Are You Blessed? If you woke up this morning with more health than illness..........you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation.......you are ahead of 500 million people in the world. If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace....... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy. If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful.....you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52243] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: 'It Might Have Been Worse']

Sometimes I pause and sadly think,
Of the things that might have been,
Of the golden chances I let slip by,
And which never returned again.

Think of the joys that might have been mine;
The prizes I almost won,
The goals I missed by a mere hair's breadth;
And the things I might have done.

It fills me with gloom when I ponder thus,
Till I look on the other side,
How I might have been completely engulfed
By misfortune's surging tide.

The unknown dangers lurking about,
Which I passed safely through
The evils and sorrows that I've been spared,
Pass plainly now in review.

So when I am downcast and feeling sad,
I repeat over and over again,
Things are far from being as bad,
As they easily might have been.

" - G.J. Russell

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[Quote No.52273] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about perspective - optimism and gratitude versus pessimism and bitterness.] - The Whole World Stinks - Wise men and philosophers throughout the ages have disagreed on many things, but many are in unanimous agreement on one point: ‘We become what we think about.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘A man is what he thinks about all day long.’ The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way: ‘A man's life is what his thoughts make of it.’ In the Bible we find: ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.’ One Sunday afternoon, a cranky grandfather was visiting his family. As he lay down to take a nap, his grandson decided to have a little fun by putting Limburger cheese on Grandfather's moustache. Soon, grandpa awoke with a snort and charged out of the bedroom saying, ‘This room stinks.’ Through the house he went, finding every room smelling the same. Desperately he made his way outside only to find that ‘the whole world stinks!’ So it is when we fill our minds with negativism. Everything we experience and everybody we encounter will carry the scent we hold in our mind." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52483] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[poem:]

Under every grief and pine,
Runs a joy with silken twine
[the wise and happy have well learnt
- things could have been worse but weren't].

" - William Blake
A couple of lines from his poem, 'Auguries of Innocence'
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[Quote No.52500] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: a verse about enjoying each moment and being grateful.]

'Life'

...

Rapidly, merrily,
Life's sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily,
Enjoy them as they fly!

...

" - Charlotte Bronte

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[Quote No.52505] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...Tho' much is taken, much abides [for which we should be grateful as even more could have been taken]..." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
A line from his poem, 'Ulysses'.
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[Quote No.52546] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Every night before I go to sleep I say out loud three things that I am grateful for, all the significant, insignificant, extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life. It is s small practice and humble, and yet, I find I sleep better holding what lightens and softens my life every so briefly at the end of the day!" - Carrie Newcomer
'A Permeable Life: Poems & Essays'
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[Quote No.52547] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Song lyrics: about gratitude]

'Three Gratitudes'

Every night before I go to sleep
I say out loud
Three things that I'm grateful for,
All the significant, insignificant
Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life.
It's a small practice and humble,
And yet, I find I sleep better
Holding what lightens and softens my life
Ever so briefly at the end of the day.
Sunlight, and blueberries,
Good dogs and wool socks,
A fine rain,
A good friend,
Fresh basil and wild phlox,
My father's good health,
My daughter's new job,
The song that always makes me cry,
Always at the same part,
No matter how many times I hear it.
Decent coffee at the airport,
And your quiet breathing,
The stories you told me,
The frost patterns on the windows,
English horns and banjos,
Wood Thrush and June bugs,
The smooth glassy calm of the morning pond,
An old coat,
A new poem,
My library card,
And that my car keeps running
Despite all the miles.
And after three things,
More often than not,
I get on a roll and I just keep on going,
I keep naming and listing,

Until I lie grinning,
Blankets pulled up to my chin,
Awash with wonder
At the sweetness of it all.

" - Carrie Newcomer
American folk singer-songwriter and author. Her albums include 'Betty’s Diner', 'The Gathering of Spirits', and 'A Permeable Life', which has an accompanying book of poetry and essays.
(The above lyrics are obviously the property and copyright of their legal owners. They are provided for educational purposes and personal use only.)

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[Quote No.52593] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about learning empathy and compassion, and other important virtues, as 'the blessings in disguise' or 'the silver linings' of adversity, problems, pains, frustration, challenges, mistakes, etc. so we should be grateful to them for the learning opportunities, personal growth and evolution they provide.]

'Hymn to Adversity'

Daughter of Jove, relentless power,
Thou tamer of the human breast,
Whose iron scourge and torturing hour
The bad affright, afflict the best!
Bound in thy adamantine chain
The proud are taught to taste of pain,
And purple tyrants vainly groan
With pangs unfelt before, unpitied and alone.

When first thy Sire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling child, design’d,
To thee he gave the heavenly birth
And bade to form her infant mind.
Stern, rugged Nurse! thy rigid lore
With patience many a year she bore;
What sorrow was, thou bad’st her know,
And from her own she learn’d to melt at others’ woe.

Scared at thy frown terrific, fly
Self-pleasing Folly’s idle brood,
Wild Laughter, Noise, and thoughtless Joy,
And leave us leisure to be good.
Light they disperse, and with them go
The summer Friend, the flattering Foe;
By vain Prosperity received,
To her they vow their truth, and are again believed.

Wisdom in sable garb array’d
Immersed in rapturous thought profound,
And Melancholy, silent maid,
With leaden eye, that loves the ground,
Still on thy solemn steps attend:
Warm Charity, the general friend,
With Justice, to herself severe,
And Pity dropping soft the sadly-pleasing tear.

O! gently on thy suppliant’s head
Dread Goddess, lay thy chastening hand!
Not in thy Gorgon terrors clad,
Nor circled with the vengeful band
(As by the impious thou art seen)
With thundering voice, and threatening mien,
With screaming Horror’s funeral cry,
Despair, and fell Disease, and ghastly Poverty;-

Thy form benign, O Goddess, wear,
Thy milder influence impart,
Thy philosophic train be there
To soften, not to wound my heart.
The generous spark extinct revive,
Teach me to love and to forgive
Exact my own defects to scan,
What others are to feel, and know myself a Man.

" - Thomas Gray
(1716 – 1771), English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University.
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[Quote No.52608] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"When good things happen we are happy and grateful. When bad things happen, be grateful they are not worse and try to make them into good things! For example, if you are given an adversity turn it into an advantage, a burden into a benefit, a challenge into a conquest, a difficulty into a diamond, a failure into some fertilizer, a problem into a positive, a trial into a triumph." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.52645] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about the experience of Thanksgiving Day, which is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.]

'Thanksgiving'

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.
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[Quote No.52719] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[There is value to the negatives in life:] Emergencies [adversity, problems, difficulties, challenges, mistakes, etc] have always been necessary to [spur imagination and] progress! It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. [Therefore if they are used to improve ourselves and the world then we should be grateful for the negatives.]" - Victor Hugo

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[Quote No.52776] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A wise, imaginative person can use his or her intelligence to find a perspective or way to enjoy all experiences and seasons of life:] The question, ‘Which is the happiest season of life,’ being referred to an aged man, he replied: ‘When spring comes, and in the soft air the buds are breaking on the trees, and they are covered with blossoms, I think, 'How beautiful is Spring!' And when the summer comes, and covers the trees with its heavy foliage, and singing birds are among the ranches, I think, 'How beautiful is Summer!' When autumn loads them with golden fruit, and their leaves bear the gorgeous tint of frost, I think, 'How beautiful is Autumn!' And when it is sere winter, and there is neither foliage nor fruit, then I look up through the leafless branches, as I never could until now, and see the stars shine.’ " - Unknown

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[Quote No.52812] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:]

'Be Grateful It Was Not Worse'

Of all sad words
Of tongue or pen
The saddest are these:
IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

Let's add this truth
Unto this verse:
BUT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
A GREAT DEAL WORSE.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52813] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:]

'It Might Have Been Worse'

Sometimes I pause and sadly think
Of the things that might have been,
Of the golden chances I let slip by,
And which never returned again.

Think of the joys that might have been mine;
The prizes I almost won,
The goals I missed by a mere hair’s breadth;
And the things I might have done.

It fills me with gloom when I ponder thus,
Till I look on the other side,
How I might have been completely engulfed
By misfortune’s surging tide.

The unknown dangers lurking about,
Which I passed safely through
The evils and sorrows that I’ve been spared
Pass plainly now in review.

So when I am downcast and feeling sad,
I repeat over and over again,
Things are far from being as bad
As they easily might have been.

" - G.J. Russell

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[Quote No.52817] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:-]

'Mistakes!'

...

Through strife the slumbering soul awakes
We learn on errors troubled route
The truths we could not prize without
The sorrow of our sad mistakes.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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[Quote No.52861] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about the importance of what you focus your imagination, attention and energy on - i.e. what you can be grateful for.]

'Thinking Happiness'

Think of the things that make you happy,
Not the things that make you sad;
Think of the kind and true in mankind,
Not its sordid side and bad;

Think of the blessings that surround you,
Not the ones that are denied;
Think of the virtues of your friendships,
Not the weak and faulty side;

Think of the gains you've made in business,
Not the losses you've incurred;
Think of the good of you that's spoken,
Not some cruel, hostile word;

Think of the days of health and pleasure,
Not the days of woe and pain;
Think of the days alive with sunshine,
Not the dismal days of rain;

Think of the hopes that lie before you,
Not the waste that lies behind you;
Think of the treasures you have gathered,
Not the ones you've failed to find;

...

" - Robert E. Farley
Poet
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[Quote No.52902] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about the silver linings in clouds, advantages in adversities, benefits in burdens, etc., that we can find if we look for them and then we can be grateful for them.]

'Compensation'

Tears wash away the atoms in the eye
That smarted for a day;
Rain-clouds that spoiled the splendors of the sky
The fields with flowers array.

No chamber of pain but has some hidden door
That promises release;
No solitude so drear but yields its store
Of thought and inward peace.

No night so wild but brings the constant sun
With love and power untold;
No time so dark but through its woof there run
Some blessèd threads of gold.

And through the long and storm-tost centuries burn
In changing calm and strife
The Pharos-lights of truth, where'er we turn, -
The unquenched lamps of life.

...

" - Christopher Pearse Cranch
(1813 – 1892) American writer and artist.
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[Quote No.52907] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about being grateful that you had an experience rather than sad that it is now gone]

'The Saddest Fate'

To touch a broken lute,
To strike a jangled string,
To strive with tones forever mute
The dear old tunes to sing -
What sadder fate could any heart befall?
Alas! dear child, never to sing at all.

To sigh for pleasures flown.
To weep for withered flowers,
To count the blessings we have known,
Lost with the vanished hours -
What sadder fate could any heart befall?
Alas! dear child, ne'er to have known them all.

To dream of love and rest,
To know the dream has past,
To bear within an aching breast
Only a void at last -
What sadder fate could any heart befall?
Alas! dear child, ne'er to have loved at all.

To trust an unknown good,
To hope, but all in vain,
Over a far-off bliss to brood,
Only to find it pain -
What sadder fate could any soul befall?
Alas! dear child, never to hope at all.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52920] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about the importance of 'negative-bad', as well as 'positive-good', experiences for there are things to be grateful for in these as well. There are advantages in adversities, blessings in burdens, lessons in laments, positives in problems, etc.]

'Blessed Are They'

...

Yea, truly, though joy's note be sweet,
Life does not thrill to joy alone.
The harp is incomplete
That has no deeper tone.

Unclouded sunshine overmuch
Falls vainly on the barren plain;
But fruitful is the touch
Of sunshine after rain!

Who only scans the heavens by day
Their story but half reads, and mars;
Let him learn how to say,
'The night is full of stars!'

...

" - Rossiter Worthington Raymond
(1840 – 1918) American mining engineer, legal scholar and author. At his memorial, the President of Lehigh University described him as 'one of the most remarkable cases of versatility that our country has ever seen - sailor, soldier, engineer, lawyer, orator, editor, novelist, story-teller, poet, biblical critic, theologian, teacher, chess-player - he was superior in each capacity. What he did, he always did well.'
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[Quote No.52923] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about not complaining that some good things have gone, but rather rejoice and be grateful that had them at all.]

'Shall I Complain'

Shall I complain because the feast is o'er,
And all the banquet lights have ceased to shine?
For Joy that was, and is no longer mine;
For Love that came and went, and comes no more;
For Hopes and Dreams that left my open door;
Shall I, who hold the Past in fee, repine?
Nay! there are those who never quaffed Life's wine
That were the unblest fate one might deplore.
To sit alone and dream, at set of sun,
When all the world is vague with coming night
To hear old voices whisper, sweet and low,
And see dear faces steal back, one by one,
And thrill anew to each long-past delight
Shall I complain, who still this Bliss may know?

" - Louise Chandler Moulton

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[Quote No.52947] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about how envy and jealousy show that a person lacks the noble human wisdom and understanding of how to create their own happiness and gratitude regardless of circumstances - by comparing what they have with something worse rather than with something better which only creates unnecessary and useless envy, bitterness, sadness and conflict for all involved]

'An Essay on Man: Epistle II'

...

Envy, to which th' ignoble mind's a slave

...

" - Alexander Pope
(1688–1744), English poet
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