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  Quotations - Gratitude  
[Quote No.52978] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about the silver linings in clouds, advantages in adversities, benefits in burdens, lessons in laments, positives in problems, etc., that we can find if we look for them and then we can be grateful for them. For example greater wisdom and compassion.]

'Disillusion'

Who looking back upon his troubled years
Can say he has not gained through sorrow's rain
Something of good? For through his falling tears
He sees the storms have vanished with their pain
Leaving him nobler, cut in finer mold;
Made strong by conflict, purified by fire
To leave the grains of gold;
The soul is freed forevermore from strife
And enters into rich abundant life.

" - Bessie B. Decker

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[Quote No.53013] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about gratitude and giving thanks, especially on the holiday of Thanksgiving]

'Thanksgiving'

We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way
Upon our thought and feeling.
They hang about us all the day,
Our time from pleasure stealing.
So unobtrusive many a joy
We pass by and forget it,
But worry strives to own our lives
And conquers if we let it.

There's not a day in all the year
But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
To brim the past's wide measure.
But blessings are like friends, I hold,
Who love and labor near us.
We out to raise our notes of praise
While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise
Of worry or of trouble.
Farseeing is the soul and wise
Who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
To thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o'er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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[Quote No.53014] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"I am too blessed to be stressed!" - Unknown

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[Quote No.53015] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:]

'Giving Thanks'

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped, —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand, —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.53016] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:]

We Praise And Give Thanks!

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
For tender grass, so fress and sweet,
For song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see, —
We praise and give thanks!

For blue of stream and blue of sky,
For pleasant shade of branches high,
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For beauty in the blooming trees, —
We praise and give thanks!

For mother-love and father-care,
For brothers strong and sisters fair,
For love at home and here each day,
For guidance, lest we go astray,
We praise and give thanks!

For this new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
We praise and give thanks!

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.53024] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A poem: about being grateful whatever the situation because it could be worse, but isn't.]

'Vision'

There have been times when I have looked at life
From out the eyes of sorrow, and have felt
The utter loneliness of black night vigils.
There have been times when I have wept hot tears
And tasted of their salt
And drunk the dregs of sadness to the end.

There have been times -- and then another's heartache,
So deep and rending as to mock my own,
Has cut, flame-like, across my blurring vision,
Dwarfing my paltry tragedies to nought.

" - Elizabeth N. Hauer

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[Quote No.53037] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about persisting through all problems, challenges, etc., like the old saying; 'What cannot be cured, must be endured' - and the best made of the situation, all the while grateful that things are not even worse!]

'Endurance'

How much the heart may bear, and yet not break!
How much the flesh may suffer, and not die!
I question much if any pain or ache
Of soul or body brings our end more nigh:
Death chooses his own time; till that is sworn,
All evils may be borne.

We shrink and shudder at the surgeon's knife,
Each nerve recoiling from the cruel steel
Whose edge seems searching for the quivering life;
Yet to our sense the bitter pangs reveal,
That still, although the trembling flesh be torn,
This also can be borne.

We see a sorrow rising in our way,
And try to flee from the approaching ill;
We seek some small escape: we weep and pray;
But when the blow falls, then our hearts are still;
Not that the pain is of its sharpness shorn,
But that it can be borne.

We wind our life about another life;
We hold it closer, dearer than our own:
Anon it faints and fails in deathly strife,
Leaving us stunned and stricken and alone;
But ah! we do not die with those we mourn,
This also can be borne.

Behold, we live through all things, - famine, thirst,
Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
On soul and body, - but we can not die.
Though we be sick, and tired, and faint, and worn,
Lo, all things can be borne!

" - Elizabeth Akers Allen

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[Quote No.53058] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about the value of 'negative-bad' as well as 'positive-good' experiences for there are advantages in adversities, blessings in burdens, lessons in laments, positives in problems, etc! For example; we learn patience; we learn to be grateful for the good things without taking them for granted and; we also learn to relate and be compassionate to those who are suffering.]

'The Joy of Incompleteness'

If all our life were one broad glare
Of sunlight clear, unclouded:
If all our path were smooth and fair,
By no soft gloom enshrouded;
If all life's flowers were fully blown
Without the sweet unfolding,
And happiness were rudely thrown
On hands too weak for holding --
Should we not miss the twilight hours,
The gentle haze and sadness?
Should we not long for storms and showers
To break the constant gladness?

If none were sick and none were sad,
What service could we render?
I think if we were always glad
We scarcely could be tender.
Did our beloved never need
Our patient ministration,
Earth would grow cold and miss indeed
Its sweetest consolation:
If sorrow never claimed our heart
And every wish were granted
Patience would die, and hope depart --
Life would be disenchanted.

" - Albert Crowell

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[Quote No.53069] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about being grateful because if you look for it you can find some blessing in any burden even if only it is not worse!]

'I Never Knew A Night So Black'

...

I never knew such bleak despair
That there was not a rift, somewhere.
[Just remember this truth so terse
Things can always, always be worse!]

...

" - John Kendrick Bangs

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[Quote No.53070] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about being grateful in any situation because it is not worse!]

'Things Could Always Be Worse!'

If you are feeling worried or sad
Remember the truth of this verse
and you will soon feel calmer or glad:
No doubt! Things could always be worse!

" - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.53081] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about learning from mistakes and valuing and being grateful for them for their guidance and eventual self-improvement.]

'Life'

All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.

...

Some souls there are that needs must taste
Of wrong, ere choosing right;
We should not call those years a waste
Which led us to the light.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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[Quote No.53109] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about life being a 'mixed blessing' but that the good is really great so focus mostly on that and be happy and grateful]

'This World'

This world that we're a-livin' in
Is mighty hard to beat;
You git a thorn with every rose,
But ain't the roses sweet!

" - Frank Lebby Stanton
(1857 – 1927), frequently credited as Frank L. Stanton, Frank Stanton or F. L. Stanton, was an American lyricist. He was also the initial columnist for the Atlanta Constitution and became the first poet laureate of the State of Georgia, a post to which he was appointed by Governor Clifford Walker in 1925 and which Stanton held until his death.
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[Quote No.53127] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about blessings from burdens - namely the benefits of wisdom and personal growth from learning what really works or doesn't in the real laboratory of life, as persistently try ways to endure and overcome the obstacles to our dream, goal, desire, etc.]

'Good Timber'

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
That stood out in the open plain
And always got it's share of rain,
Never became a forest king,
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To heaven from the common soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man,
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow in ease;
The stronger wind, the tougher trees;
The farther sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength;

By sun and cold, by rain and snows,
In tree or man, good timber grows.
Where thickest stands the forest growth
We find the patriarchs of both;
And they hold converse with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife --
This is the common law of life.

" - Douglas Malloch
(1877 – 1938) American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago.
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[Quote No.53174] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about the right attitude to approach life and death.]

'Life Owes Me Nothing'

Life owes me nothing. Let the years
bring clouds or azure, joy or tears;
Already a full cup I’ve quaffed;
already wept and loved and laughed,
And seen, in ever-endless ways,
new beauties overwhelm the days.

Life owes me nought. No pain that waits
can steal the wealth from memory’s gates;
No aftermath of anguish slow
can quench the soul fire’s early glow.
I breathe, exulting, each new breath,
embracing Life, ignoring Death.

Life owes me nothing. One clear morn
is boon enough for being born;
And be it ninety years or ten,
no need for me to question when.
While Life is mine, I’ll find it good,
and greet each hour with gratitude.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.53247] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about changing what you are looking for and therefore what you are sensitive to and so naturally notice within your environment and in what you experience each day. Then you can note each beautiful thing at the time and perhaps even include it each night in a diary after noted other things that day such as perhaps three things you are grateful for and three things you are satisfied with and three things you are looking forward to]

'Beauty Each Day'

I shall find beauty in this day,
Perhaps I'll see (Oh, rare delight!)
blue columbines, like butterflies in flight,
or daisies starring all the meadow white;
I cannot say.

I shall find beauty. This alone I know.
It may be framed within the dawn-lit skies,
or lurking in true friendship's tender eyes,
or set within some precious words and wise,
or in the sunset's glow.

I shall find beauty in such little things.
Perhaps I'll see, on some drab, dusty street,
ill-shod, but carefree, twinkling, rhythmic feet
responding to a barrel-organ's beat,
while laughter gaily rings.

I shall find beauty ere the set of sun.
It may not flow from flowers that brightly gleam,
nor from a rose-winged, fairy-nurtured dream,
nor from the moonbeams on a silver stream -
merely from Duty done.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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[Quote No.53254] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about 'counting your blessings', noticing and collecting beautiful things, that give you pleasure and that you are grateful for]

'Song Of Lovely Things'

How many lovely things there be!
The ever-changing, restless sea;
The gracious, friendly, shady tree;
And children laughing in their glee.

How many lovely things there are!
The glowing, beaming, friendly star,
The garden gate that stands ajar,
The sound of Church bells from afar.

How many lovely things I know!
Stories of lovers long ago,
and places where the lilies blow,
and children's voices sweet and low.

What lovely things have touched my heart -
See how the waves caress and part,
And watch pale Dawn from Night upstart
And slip into her mystic mart.

What lovely things my ears have heard:
The thrilling song of happy bird,
A horse by anxious lover spurred,
A toddler's sweetly lisped first word.

What lovely things my eyes have seen:
Snow-covered hills and fields of green,
And silks of wondrous weave and sheen -
And Baby's toothless smile serene!

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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[Quote No.53256] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about 'counting your blessings', noticing and collecting beautiful things, that give you pleasure and that you are grateful for]

'Simple Joys'

I would sing songs of simple things,
of things beloved the wide world o'er;
of columbines with fairy wings,
of stars that gem blue Heaven's door,
of rocks where shining seaweed clings -
I would sing songs of simple things.

Of white-capped waves that gaily dance
Towards the cliff's indifferent breast;
of sunbeams that so brightly glance,
of winds that lull the trees to rest,
of joy that from good laughter springs -
I would sing songs of simple things.

Oh, had I fingers magic tipped,
a golden harp with golden strings;
had I the draught of Poesy sipped,
I'd play and sing of simple things.
Of patchwork quilts so bright of hue,
Of table linen gleaming white,
of china, every shade of blue,
of benison in candle-light.
Of books of wisdom, books of wit;
of friendship's hand, the strength it brings;
of friendship's voice, the joy in it -
oh, I would sing of just these things!

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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[Quote No.53262] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about turning negatives into positives by learning what can from mistakes and reinvesting that learning persistently - therefore becoming wiser and more skilled and even grateful for the mistakes as you anticipate your on-going personal growth and even greater future successes and the satisfactions that those will bring]

'The Mistake'

Why gaze so long at that mistake?
Last night it kept you wide awake,
and still you fret for its dull sake.

Don't mope about it, foolish one.
Still may you walk beneath the sun,
the race of life may yet be won.

A mere mistake and that is all.
A stumble and a moment's fall.
Don't let this little ailment gall.

Far better cry, 'Mistake! come here.'
Into its face then bravely peer,
but do not waste one sigh or tear.

A lesson, nothing more or less,
to help you win your happiness.
Then why such sharp and deep distress?

'Tis past, 'tis over, deem it dead;
accept the lesson, look ahead.
No wan regrets, fresh hope instead.

A mere mistake, be not downcast,
Wisdom you've gained; then hold it fast.
Look straight ahead, forget the past.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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[Quote No.53268] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about individualism, living up to your best potential especially in your vocation-career and being grateful without envying others who are also unique and valuable but in some different ways to you]

'To One Who Sighed'

You cannot sing? Well, others can.
You do not dance? but others do.
And ever since the world began
There have been certain folk like you
Who cannot dance, and cannot sing,
Nor weave a play nor write a book.

But you can sew? Most anything?
And are quite expert as a cook?
And you can draw a little bit,
Amuse your friends with pen and ink?
You make folk laugh - this you admit.
You have a lot of gifts, I think.

Oh, foolish one, to sigh and fret
Because you're not as some folk are.
Suppose a plant, of mignonette
Withered because 'twas not a star!
Be what you are, dear girl, with pride.
Accept your limits with good grace;

The world is varied, very wide;
For each of us there is a place.
Within your sphere be quite content,
Be proud of work that is your own,
And to life's complex instrument
With sweetness add your mite of tone.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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[Quote No.53272] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about which Time perspective is best - WAS: looking back with satisfaction - IS: experiencing the present moment - YET-TO-BE: anticipating the future. There is another which covers them all and adds another level of pleasure to each namely gratitude: (WAS) it could have been worse, (IS) it could be worse, (YET-TO-BE) it could end up being worse]

'WAS, IS, and YET-TO-BE'

WAS, IS, and YET-TO-BE
Were chatting over a cup of tea.

In tarnished finery smelling of must,
Was talked of people long turned to dust;

Of titles and honours and high estate,
All forgotten or out of date;

Of wonderful feasts in the long ago,
Of pride that perished with nothing to show.

'I loathe the present,' said WAS, with a groan;
'I live in pleasures that I have known.'

The YET-TO-BE, in a gown of gauze,
Looked over the head of musty WAS,

And gazed far off into misty space
With a wrapt expression upon her face.

'Such wonderful pleasures are coming to me,
Such glory, such honour,' said YET-TO-BE.

'No one dreamed, in the vast Has-Been,
Of such successes as I shall win.'

'The past, the present -- why, what are they?
I live for the joy of a future day.'

Then practical IS, in a fresh print dress,
Spoke up with a laugh, 'I must confess'

'I find to-day so pleasant,' she said,
'I never look back, and seldom ahead.'

'Whatever has been, is a finished sum;
Whatever will be -- why, let it come.'

'To-day is mine. And so, you see,
I have the past and the yet-to-be;'

'For to-day is the future of yesterday,
And the past of to-morrow. I live while I may,'

'And I think the secret of pleasure is this,
And this alone, said practical IS

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(1850 - 1919) American poet.
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[Quote No.53308] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[The following insight about the values of negatives in our lives has huge ramifications in all need-areas of life, but especially - learning, persisting, evolving, gratitude(!), satisfaction, anticipation:] A problem, believe it or not, is always great news at least in that it motivates you to face and solve that problem – in the same way that as expressed in the saying, ‘Need is the mother of invention (as in creativity in scientific and cultural evolution)’. In facing that problem you develop empathy and compassion for other sufferers of that problem and sufferers of problems in general. That improves your human understanding and that in turn improves your imaginative empathy with others and from that you improve your ability to apply love’s ‘Golden Rule’ of treating others in the way you imagine you would want to be treated in that same situation. Also in facing and trying to solve that problem you will need to examine it carefully and try many possible solutions. Whether they work or not you will learn and grow in experience and wisdom. That then becomes another huge benefit of the problem." - Ben O'Grady
Founder and CEO of imagi-natives.com
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[Quote No.53314] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[I am grateful because, to paraphrase some lines from a poem by A. E. Housman, ...]

The stars have not dealt me the worst they could do:
My pleasures are plenty, my troubles are...[few].

" - A. E. Housman
(1859 – 1936), Alfred Edward Housman, usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet. This poem is from his book, 'More Poems'. The original lines in the paraphrased poem (XVII) are, 'The stars have not dealt me the worst they could do: My pleasures are plenty, my troubles are two.'
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[Quote No.53350] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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[Quote No.53354] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold [and they become so upset about the lack of any gold they don't look around carefully enough to see all the value, which there always is because it could have been even worse but wasn't. That's worth being happy and grateful about, if nothing else]!" - Maurice Seitter

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[Quote No.53404] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about making the most of every situation by being grateful and happy that things aren't worse]

'Suppose'

Suppose, my little lady,
Your doll should break her head,
Could you make it whole by crying
Till your eyes and nose are red?
And wouldn’t it be pleasanter
To treat it as a joke;
And say you’re glad ''T was Dolly’s
And not your head that broke?'

...

Suppose that some boys have a horse,
And some a coach and pair,
Will it tire you less while walking
To say, 'It isn’t fair?'
And wouldn’t it be nobler
To keep your temper sweet,
And in your heart be thankful
You can walk upon your feet?

And suppose the world don’t please you,
Nor the way some people do,
Do you think the whole creation
Will be altered just for you?
And isn’t it, my boy or girl,
The wisest, bravest plan,
Whatever comes, or doesn’t come,
To do the best you can?

" - Phoebe Cary
(1824–1871) American poet and the younger sister of poet Alice Cary (1820–1871). The sisters co-published poems in 1849, and then each went on to publish volumes of her own. After their deaths in 1871, joint anthologies of the sisters' unpublished poems were also compiled.
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[Quote No.53437] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...this is truth the poet sings, That a sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things. [Just as any time or in this case sadness can be made to feel worse - 'sorrow's crown of sorrow' - by comparing and contrasting it with something better - 'happier times' - so feel even more frustrated, bitter and unhappy, so any time can be made to feel better by comparing and contrasting it to something worse, then feel relieved, grateful and happy. By controlling what you compare and contrast an experience with is how you can take control of your emotions and make them happy and grateful rather than sad and bitter! Emotion is 'relative' - merely a matter of comparison - perspective!]" - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
(1809 – 1892), Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. The above quote is a line from his poem, 'Locksley Hall'.
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[Quote No.53451] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about the fear of death, worry and pessimism. It also demonstrates the captain misusing the ideas of focus, persistence and comparison to create negatives and so make himself and others unhappy rather than the way that the first mate uses them to create positives and make himself and others happy]

'The Worried Skipper'

’I hates to think of dyin',’ says the skipper to the mate;
‘Starvation, shipwrecks, heart disease, I loathe to contemplate.
I hates to think of vanities And all the crimes they lead to.’
‘Then,’ says the mate,
With looks sedate,
‘Ye doesn't really need to.’

‘It fills me breast with sorrer,’ says the skipper with a sigh,
‘To conjer up the happy days what careless has slipped by.
I hates to contemplate the day I ups and left me Mary.’
‘Then,’ says the mate,
‘Why contemplate,
If it ain't necessary?’

‘Suppose that this here vessel,’ says the skipper with a groan,
‘Should lose 'er bearin's, run away, and hump upon a stone.
Suppose she'd shiver and go down, when save ourselves we couldn't.’
The mate replies,
‘Oh, blow me eyes!
Suppose ag'in, she shouldn't?’

‘The chances is agin' us,’ says the skipper in dismay;
‘If fate don't kill us out and out, it gits us all some day.
So many perish of old age, the death rate must be fearful.’
‘Well,’ says the mate
‘At any rate,
we might as well die cheerful.’

‘I read in them statistic books,’ the nervous skipper cries,
‘That every minute by the clock some feller up and dies;
I wonder what disease they gits that kills in such a hurry.’
The mate he winks
and says ‘I thinks
they mostly dies of worry.’

‘Of certain things,’ the skipper sighs, ‘me conscience won't be rid,
And all the wicked things I done I sure should not have did.
The wrinkles on me inmost soul compel me oft to shiver.’
‘Yer soul's first rate,’
Observes the mate,
‘The trouble's with yer liver.’

" - Wallace Irwin
(1875 – 1959) American writer.
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[Quote No.53482] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem: about facing death and dying with some dreams still unfulfilled and unsatisfied is not bad, in fact it is normal. It is not something that we and our friends and family should feel bitter about. Rather it is possible to see it as a blessing and be grateful. After all, each of us has many desires that motivate us and that we happily anticipate achieving in the future. If we are lucky we do not exhaust them all, but have some that even outlast us. Or else if we achieve everything we want, after feeling content for a short time, we will then feel that we have no reason to continue living and struggling and become apathetic, unmotivated and without hope.]

'Carcassonne' [English translation from the original French]

'I'm growing old, I've sixty years;
I've labored all my life in vain:
In all that time of hopes and fears
I've failed my dearest wish to gain.
I see full well that here below
Bliss unalloyed there is for none.
My prayer will ne'er fulfilment know
I never have seen Carcassonne,

I never have seen Carcassonne!
You see the city from the hill,
It lies beyond the mountains blue,
And yet to reach it one must still
Five long and weary leagues pursue,
And to return as many more!
Ah! had the vintage plenteous grown!
The grape withheld its yellow store!
I shall not look on Carcassonne,
I shall not look on Carcassonne!

'They tell me every day is there
Not more or less than Sunday gay:
In shining robes and garments fair
The people walk upon their way.
One gazes there on castle walls
As grand as those of Babylon,
A bishop and two generals!
I do not know fair Carcassonne,
I do not know fair Carcassonne!

'The vicar's right; he says that we
Are ever wayward, weak and blind,
He tells us in his homily
Ambition ruins all mankind;
Yet could I there two days have spent
While still the autumn sweetly shone,
Ah me! I might have died content
When I had looked on Carcassonne,
When I had looked on Carcassonne!

'Thy pardon, Father, I beseech,
In this my prayer if I append:
One something sees beyond his reach
From childhood to his journey's end.
My wife, our little boy Aignon,
Have traveled even to Narbonne;
My grandchild has seen Perpignon,
And I have not seen Carcassonne,
And I have not seen Carcassonne!'

So crooned one day, close by Limoux,
A peasant double-bent with age;
'Rise up, my friend,' said I; 'with you
I'll go upon this pilgrimage.'
We left next morning his abode,
But (Heaven forgive him) halfway on,
The old man died upon the road;
He never gazed on Carcassonne,
Each mortal has his Carcassonne!

" - Gustave Nadaud
(1820 – 1893) French songwriter and chansonnier (solitary cabaret singer). Carcassonne is a French city in the south of the country. It has a famous medieval fortress and is a popular tourist destination. [http://www.poetryatlas.com/poetry/poem/1904/carcassonne.html ]
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[Quote No.53571] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[We can be grateful for our negative moments if they inspire our efforts to become more positive:] Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." - M. Scott Peck
American psychiatrist
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[Quote No.53579] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Daily gratitude meditation:] Feel the Joy of Living: Appreciate the gift of life. At least once every day, feel the simple joy of being alive. Imagine yourself in a situation in which you're about to die. Concentrate and feel what that would be like. Then picture yourself being given another chance. The more vividly you can imagine this, the greater you will be able to feel the joy of life itself." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Gateway to Happiness', p.39. (see also Chinuch V'edun Hahergeshim, p.330)
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[Quote No.53583] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Right this moment, there are a multitude of people all around the planet involved in serving you. Many of them you will never meet in person, but you will benefit greatly from their activities. There are farmers who are planting and harvesting for you. There are people in the clothing industry who are weaving the cloth and designing clothing you will eventually wear. There are trucks, boats, and planes that are shipping the food you will eat, the clothes you will wear, and many other items that you will buy or use. There are people who are involved in making certain that you have water, electricity, phone service, and books. The postal authorities are busy at work delivering the letters you sent and bringing you mail that others have sent you. There are inventors who are working day and night on items that will one day be yours. There are engineers, mechanics, and a wide variety of laborers all around the globe who toil for your benefit. There are medical researchers working to find cures for illness that might one day save your life. Whenever you see a large crowd of people, it is a reminder to be grateful to all of those who are involved in one way or another in enhancing the quality of your life." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Happiness', p.37-8.
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[Quote No.53656] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"If we fasten our attention on what we have [and how it could be worse so we are grateful we have what we do], rather than on what we lack, a very little wealth is sufficient!" - Francis Johnson

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[Quote No.53674] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Always look for what we should be grateful for and by searching you will find it.] When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us." - Alexander Graham Bell

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[Quote No.53762] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Every day, in every way, I am learning and getting better. " - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.53786] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Gratitude Exercise:

This ‘gratitude exercise’ will have a positive effect when you practice it at least 10 times a day. It is advisable to practice it at least once an hour for the first week. You'll be grateful you did.

[Touch forehead]
‘I am grateful for my mind to think good thoughts.’

[Touch near eyes]
‘I am grateful for my eyes to see good things.’

[Touch ears]
‘I am grateful for my ears to hear good things.’

[Touch near mouth]
‘I am grateful for my mouth to speak good things.’

[Raise hands]
‘I am grateful for my hands to do good things.’

[Move feet slightly]
‘I am grateful for my feet to walk to do good.’

‘I am grateful for all that I can be grateful for.’

" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
(© 2003 Zelig Pliskin. Permission is given to make as many copies as you wish.)
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[Quote No.53921] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The biggest part of [living well and] aging gracefully is aging gratefully." - Dr. Mardy Grothe

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[Quote No.54067] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"To see a candle's light, one must take it into a dark place. [This is the same as to see the good and be grateful, one must compare and contrast it with something worse - not better!]" - Ursula K. Le Guin

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[Quote No.54091] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced [and contrasted and compared] to sadness. [In comparing how an experience could have been worse we develop gratitude and happiness, while if we compare it how it could have been better we develop bitterness and sadness.]" - Carl Jung

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[Quote No.54097] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul." - Henry Ward Beecher

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[Quote No.54102] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Happiness is a kind of gratitude [and vice versa]." - Joseph Wood Krutch

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[Quote No.54127] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Always be grateful. Never take anything for granted, as things could always be worse:] The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury." - Charlie Chaplin
Silent movie star
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[Quote No.54163] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Everything in life serves as a challenge and test to elevate us. [Therefore it is right to be grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow through tackling this real life experience.] " - Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto
(1707–1746), influential Rabbi. From Chapter 1 of his text, called Mesillat Yesharim or Mesillas Yeshorim (Hebrew for 'Path of the Upright') which is an ethical (musar) text. It is different from Luzzato's other writings, which are more philosophical.
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[Quote No.54190] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." - Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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[Quote No.54259] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about being grateful for simple, natural things:] 'Seven Wonders of the World' A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the current Seven Wonders of the World. Though there was some disagreement, the following got the most votes: -1. Egypt's Great Pyramids. -2. Taj Mahal. -3. Grand Canyon. -4. Panama Canal. -5. Empire State Building. -6. St. Peter's Basilica. -7. China's Great Wall. While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn't turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, 'Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many.' The teacher said, 'Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.' The girl hesitated, then read, 'I think the Seven Wonders of the World are: -1. To touch. -2. To taste. -3. To see. -4. To hear. She hesitated a little, and then added: -5. To feel. -6. To laugh. -7. And to love. The room was so full of silence you could have heard a pin drop. Those things we overlook as simple and 'ordinary' are truly wondrous." - Unknown

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[Quote No.54264] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Count your blessings and remember...] 'Today is a gift; that's why it is called the present!' " - Saying

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[Quote No.54294] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about how to be happy and grateful for any situation:] 'Four Words' A king called all of his wise counsellors together for a meeting. He addressed them and said: 'I want you to go and think, read, and research. Consult the wisest and most learned men and women in the land. Spare no expense. I want you to find the ONE statement that will get me through all situations in life. Whether I am on top of the world or in the pits, find that statement. I don't want to learn long and complicated philosophies. I want one simple statement. Find it or write it; I don't care, just bring me the statement.' The wise counsellors left and consulted for years. They finally returned and handed the King a scroll. The King unrolled the scroll. On it was written four words: 'THINGS COULD BE WORSE' That was it. The wise counsellors explained that all perception is relative. When you compare your situation to something that is better you will feel sad and bitter. But when you compare your situation to one which is worse you will be happy and grateful. The wise counsellors went on to explain that this statement was an even more powerful and all encompassing statement than the other wisest saying they had found in their search, 'This too shall pass', because 'Things could be worse' included both quantitative - including length of time - as well as qualitative issues. The king was very impressed and thanked his counsellors with generous gifts. Then each year he learned more about how powerful the statement was and how to use it to help himself and those he served to be happier." - Ben O'Grady
Founder and CEO of imagi-natives.com
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[Quote No.54332] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A true story - with a message about learning to be grateful that things are not worse:] 'Who you are speaks louder to me than anything you can say' - At the beginning of my 8:00 a.m. class one Monday at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), I cheerfully asked my students how their weekend had been. One young man said that his weekend had not been very good. He'd had his wisdom teeth extracted. The young man then proceeded to ask me why I always seemed to be so cheerful. His question reminded me of something I'd read somewhere before: ‘Every morning when you get up, you have a choice about how you want to approach life that day’, I said to the young man. ‘I choose to be cheerful’. ‘Let me give you an example’, I continued. The other 60 students in the class ceased their chatter and began to listen to our conversation. As soon as I got there, I called AAA and asked them to send a tow truck. The secretary in the Provost's office asked me what had happened. ‘This is my lucky day’, I replied, smiling. ‘Your car breaks down and today is your lucky day??’ She was puzzled. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘I live 17 miles from here’, I replied. ‘My car could have broken down anywhere along the freeway. It didn't. Instead, it broke down in the perfect place: off the freeway, within walking distance of here. I'm still able to teach my class, and I've been able to arrange for the tow truck to meet me after class. If my car was meant to break down today, it couldn't have been arranged in a more convenient fashion.’ The secretary's eyes opened wide, and then she smiled. I smiled back and headed for class.' So ended my story to the students in my economics class at UNLV. I scanned the 60 faces in the lecture hall. Despite the early hour, no one seemed to be asleep. Somehow, my story had touched them. Or maybe it wasn't the story at all. In fact, it had all started with a student's observation that I was cheerful. A wise man once said: ‘Who you are speaks louder to me than anything you can say’. I suppose it must be so." - Lee Ryan Miller
From his book ‘Teaching Amidst the Neon Palm Trees’. [Refer http://www.leeryanmiller.com/ ]
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[Quote No.54352] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[A story - with a message about seeing the good and being grateful that things aren't worse in each situation we find ourselves in:] - 'A WISDOM STORY... THE 3 HAIRS.' - There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. ‘Well,’ she said, ‘I think I'll braid my hair today.’ So she did and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. ‘Hmmm..,’ she said, ‘I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.’ So she did and she had a grand day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. ‘Well,’ she said, ‘Today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.’ So she did, and she had a fun, fun day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. ‘YAY!’ she exclaimed. ‘I don't have to fix my hair today!’ Attitude is everything. Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain. May we all learn to ‘Dance in the rain!’" - Unknown

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[Quote No.54445] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight, remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in. And so be grateful! Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair, there are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard-of privilege. And so be grateful! Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for many months struggling to feed his family. And so be grateful! Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine. And so be grateful! Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking, 'What is my purpose?', remember there are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity. And so be grateful! Whatever your situation, things could always be worse so you have a reason to be grateful and happy." - Unknown

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[Quote No.54657] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...very happy people don’t [necessarily] experience more [objectively] happy events than less happy people. ...Ed Diener and Martin Seligman screened over 200 undergraduates for levels of happiness, and compared the upper 10% (the 'extremely happy') with the middle and bottom 10%. Extremely happy students experienced no greater number of objectively positive life events, like doing well on exams or hot dates, than did the other two groups (Diener, Seligman, 2002). So it's not really what happens. It's what you pay attention to [focus on] and the perspective you take on things. 'Look on the bright [grateful] side' is a cliche, but it's also scientifically valid." - Eric Barker
From '50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior', by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein. [Refer http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/03/key-to-happiness/ ]
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