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Monday, November 30, 2015

Ungrateful


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

As selfishness and complaint
pervert and cloud the mind,
so love with its joy
clears and sharpens the vision.
- Helen Keller

An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns,
but never looking up to see where they come from.
- Timothy Dexter

Gratitude and greed are directly opposite states of human existence.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Humility: a Prime Virtue

Gleaning

Martin Luther King quotes

Gratitude for the Journey
   

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Our Faith in Today and Tomorrow


Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

The winds of grace are always blowing;
all we need to do is raise our sails.
- Anonymous

This is the day which the Lord has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
- Psalms 118:24

Patience, persistence, and perseverance.
A little more each day, a little better each day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The True Measure of a Successful Life

Simply Do Your Best

Faith in the Goodness of Humanity

The Edge of All You Know
    

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Personal Freedom


The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to be ourselves, to express ourselves.
But if we look at our lives we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us are not even aware that we are not free.
- Don Miguel Ruiz

You can't be everything to everyone.
- Anonymous

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose.
Anything less is a form of slavery.
- Wayne Dyer

Often, the price of personal freedom
is challenging the closed minds of family and friends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Thinking for Yourself

Blaze Your Own Trail

Be Simply Yourself

Conformity

A Different Drummer
  

Friday, November 27, 2015

Not the Circumstances, but Your Response


Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

There are no hopeless situations; there are only men
who have grown hopeless about them.
- Clare Boothe Luce

You may not seem able to change some outer circumstances
but you can start by changing your inner experience of life and yourself.
- Joy Page

It's not the situation that's causing your stress,
it's your thoughts,
and you can change that right here and now.
You can choose to be peaceful right here and now.
Peace is a choice,
and it has nothing to do with
what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions,
everything we have done, and have not done.
- Hubert Selby Jr.

Your RESPONSE to any situation is your own RESPONSibility.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Life is Not Hopeless

Creating Happiness

Don't Give Up

Thoughtful Response, Not Panic
    

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015


We gather today in gratitude for the bounty of the land,
the joyful company around this table,
and all the other blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In a world where so many are hungry,
may we eat this food with humble hearts;
in a world where so many are lonely,
May we share this friendship with joyful hearts.
- Anonymous

We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.
- Buddhist Blessing

For food that stays our hunger,
For rest that brings us ease,
For homes where memories linger,
We give our thanks for these.
- Anonymous

As we join hands in fellowship
around this bountiful table,
we give thanks for the blessings of this food
and the love of these friends
as a symbol of our gratitude
for all the manifold blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: A List of Gratitudes - a Thanksgiving

Opportunity for Daily Thanksgiving

Appreciating Friends

Thank You Prayer
   

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Debt of Gratitude


The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father
goes forward, not backward.
What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.
- Nancy Friday

Sometimes our light goes out but
is blown into flame by another human being.
Each of us owes deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this light.
- Albert Schweitzer

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Each of us has been generously gifted by parents, teachers, mentors, and others we can never repay. So, in gratitude for what we have received, it is now our turn to generously gift the children, the up-and-coming, and the down-and-out -- with no expectation that they can ever repay us - and with the hope that they will, in turn, pay-forward to another generation.

TODAY, consider performing an act-of-kindness for someone who can never repay you.

Is there someone who will be alone on Thanksgiving unless you share your table with them? 

Further reading: Pay It Forward - as an Expression of Universal Gratitude

Universal Kindness and Compassion

Opportunity for Daily Thanksgiving

True Measure of a Successful Life
   

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Curious and Adventurous


Be curious; be adventurous; live life full-out.
Accept the challenge, and reach for the brass ring.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A mind that is stretched by a new experience
can never go back to its old dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,
because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
- Walt Disney


Further reading: Be Boldly Decisive

Follow Your Bliss

Learning from Failure

Keep Moving
   

Monday, November 23, 2015

No Need to Hurry


No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Haste is blind and improvident.
- Titus Livius (Livy)

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
- Anonymous

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Seven Tips for Stress-Free Living

Tending the Garden of Our Lives

Choose Inner Peace and a Less Stressful Life

The Wisdom of Patience
   

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bring Peace


You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Today's affirmation:
Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Breathe In, Breathe Out

Living in Peace

Inner Peace
   

Saturday, November 21, 2015

What You Do Makes a Difference


We must remember that one determined person can make
a significant difference,
and that a small group of determined people
can change the course of history.
- Sonia Johnson

Act as if what you do makes a difference.
It does.
- William James

Your world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that you contribute.
The more love that is given, the more love returns.
The more a helping hand is given, the more hands
are strengthened and empowered to help.
We can help each other to all be winners.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: A Truly Successful Life

The Seeds You Plant

Full Measure
   

Friday, November 20, 2015

Those who are Kind


One can pay back the loan of gold,
but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
- Malayan Proverb

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- Philo

Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
- Henry Van Dyke

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver


Further reading: Sharing Happiness

True Measure of a Successful Life

The Power of Generosity

Feed the Hungry
   

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I Thank You God


If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say "thank you?"
- William Arthur Ward

I thank you God for this most amazing day,
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and for the blue dream of sky
and for everything which is natural,
which is infinite, which is yes.
- e. e. cummings

Whoever does not regard what he has
as most ample wealth, is unhappy,
though he be master of the world.
- Epictetus


However much or little you have,
"Thank You" is always a more powerful prayer than, "I need more."

Further reading: Unanswered Prayers

Zero-Based Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude for Small Miracles
    

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nothing is Certain


The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
- Pliny the Elder

It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.
- Ram Dass

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

We will only understand the miracle of life fully
when we allow the unexpected to happen.
- Paulo Coelho

Welcome the Unexpected.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: World in Upheaval

Appreciate the Unexpected

Recognizing Our Abundance

Pause to Wonder

Expectations
   

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Having Done Your Best


Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough.
Give the world your best anyway.
- Kent Keith (frequently attributed to Mother Teresa)

Congratulate yourself whenever you have done your best,
regardless of the outcome.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

Always do your best, and always accept life as it comes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


How often we fail to appreciate what we have already accomplished.
Take a moment, right now, to congratulate yourself
on what you have accomplished today, this week, in your lifetime.

Further reading: Simply Do Your Best

Value Completion

Step Up to the Plate

Approve of Yourself
   

Monday, November 16, 2015

Welcome Your Challenges


Don't Limit Your Challenges... Challenge Your Limits.
- Anonymous

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
- Richard Bach

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Confidence and Action

Be Brave and Chase Your Dreams

Beyond Average

The Real You
   

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Blessings of this Food


Food is our most fundamental material blessing.
Use each meal as an opportunity to feel gratitude for all the blessings of this life.

I give thanks for the blessings of this food
as a symbol of my gratitude
for all the manifold blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives
for which we should be particularly grateful.
They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness --
just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it;
just warmth and shelter and home folks;
just plain food that gives us strength; bright sunshine on a cold day;
and a cool breeze when the day is warm.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Further reading: Life Really Is Good

Regarding Gratitude and Life

Know that You have been Blessed

A Thankful Heart
   

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Freedom of Others


Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.
- Lady Bird Johnson

To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

When the rights of any group, no matter how small, no matter how marginal,
are violated, your liberty, your freedom is put at risk.
Let there never be a day when we cast about in horror
and have to ask the question, "How did it ever come to this?"
- Thomas Childers

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble
and beautiful end of a human being.
- Khalil Gibran

The whole point of Freedom-of-Speech
is supporting the right of others
to say things you find personally offensive.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


The end does NOT justify the means.
Freedom cannot be gained by sacrificing the freedom of others.
Free speech cannot be gained by limiting the free speech of others.
Human rights cannot be secured by trampling the human rights of others.
Viciousness in others cannot be fought by becoming vicious oneself.
Neither individual nor nation can long survive by meeting hatred with hatred,
injustice with injustice, prejudice with prejudice.

Further reading: Honorable Paths to Noble Goals

Independence Day

Force

Independence - Liberty - Freedom
  

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Miracle of Your Life


Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Today I offer a prayer of forgiveness:
forgive the pettiness of my ingratitude...
the absence of profound thankfulness.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You can create miracles in your own life,
and in the lives of those around you -
because you are a miracle,
and you are connected to the source of all miracles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Gratitude for All of Life

Miracles Need Both God and You

Unity with Spirit and All Creation

Gratitude for the Journey
   

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Transforming Our Lives


At all times and under all circumstances,
we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
- Werner Erhard

Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
- Toni Cade Bambara

Personal transformation can and does have global effects.
As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us.
The revolution that will save the world
is ultimately a personal one.
- Marianne Williamson

Transformation in the world happens when people are
healed and start investing in other people.
- Michael W. Smith


Today's affirmation:
I am the master of my emotions -
I transform fear to love, anger to compassion,
pain to comfort, scarcity to abundance,
expectation to gratitude, and jealousy to generosity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The Power of Transformation

What is Transformation?

Be an Instrument of Change

A Great Future
  

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On the Wings of Gratitude


Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception
to such an extent that it changes the world you see.
- Robert Holden

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude.
Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves,
and spend without fear of bankruptcy.
- Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
- Henry Van Dyke


Further reading: The Miracle of Gratitude

Give Thanks for the Commonplace

Appreciate Today

Gratitude for THIS Moment
   

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Possibility


There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

There are all kinds of futures.
There is a hoped-for future,
there is a feared future,
there is a predictable future,
and there is an unimagined future.
- Werner Erhard

Vision stands on the shoulders of what is actual
to get a better view of what is possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


Further reading: New Worlds

Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Eyes on the Heavens

Beyond Your Limits
  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Discovery through New Eyes



The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

That is what learning is.
You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life,
but in a new way.
- Doris Lessing

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

I remind myself every morning:
Nothing I say this day will teach me anything.
So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.
- Larry King

Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation of the experience of living.
Let each day be a time to learn new appreciation for life.
To learn more about ourselves and the nature of life.
To learn what brings happiness to ourselves and to those around us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The Nature of Learning

Learning From History
   

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Trust in the Natural Goodness


When we trust in the natural goodness around us,
we open ourselves for the blessings of life to flow toward us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The roots of all goodness lie
in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
- Henry Ward Beecher

We return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

Blessings flow toward gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Know that You have been Blessed

Believe in People; Believe in Yourself

The Power of Your Intention

Creating the world that could be
    

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Most Perfect Prayer


A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Keep a grateful journal. Every night,
list five things you are grateful for.
- Oprah Winfrey

Gratitude is an attitude that
hooks us up to our source of supply.
The more grateful you are,
the closer you become to your maker,
to the architect of the universe,
to the spiritual core of your being.
- Bob Proctor

Our opportunity is to love ourselves exactly as we are -
with all our joys and sufferings.
To be grateful for everything.
To forgive ourselves for our doubts of our own worthiness -
for we have no need to be anything other than what we are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: A Thankful Heart

Love All Of Life

Attitude toward Gratitude

Have a Conversation with God, Today
   

Friday, November 6, 2015

Labeling yourself a "victim" prevents you from healing


We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Labeling yourself a "victim" prevents you from healing.
Don't let yesterday's troubles destroy today and tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: You are not a victim - article by Sheri Rosenthal

When You Have Been Wronged

It's Not About You

Why I Choose to Believe that Others are Never the Cause of My Unhappiness

Self Pity
  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Faith Before Dawn


Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

Faith has to do with things that are not seen
and hope with things that are not at hand.
- Saint Thomas Aquinas

The antidotes for worry are gratitude, action, service, and faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The Edge of All You Know

Harmony of the Soul

Worrying about Tomorrow

Don't Let One Cloud
   

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Uncertain, Yet Wonderful


This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Dalai Lama

Life is lived in the mists;
little is fully visible; less is certain.
Yet rejoice in the unknowing,
and let all of life be a wonderful adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Rejoice in the Way Things Are

The Edge of All You Know

Knowledge is Soon Changed

An Unknowable Future
   

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Count Your Blessings


Is your glass of life
half empty?
Or half full?

Our journey into consciousness of wealth begins with the realization
that we have already arrived!
- Michael Bernard Beckwith

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Be Grateful for All of Life:
Each of us has been infinitely blessed - beginning with the gift of life.
Whatever may appear to be missing or broken on any particular day,
our glass is not half full, it is 99.9% full.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
- from 7 Secrets for a Happy Life

Further reading: Life Really Is Good

A List of Gratitudes - a Thanksgiving

Thank You God

Pay It Forward - as an Expression of Universal Gratitude

Celebrating Rainbows and Butterflies - the Small Miracles of Our Life
   

Monday, November 2, 2015

Violence


Where there is no emotion,
there is no motive for violence.
- the character Spock in the Star Trek television series

[More about Causes of Violence]

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
- Isaac Asimov

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Peace cannot be achieved through violence,
it can only be attained through understanding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Further reading: Revenge, the Deadliest Sin?

Your Whole Toolkit

How to Deal with Anger - How to Deal with Fear
   

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Make November Thanksgiving Month


Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday, as being grateful for everything, especially for the gift of life itself, is at the top of my list of values. Will you join me in a celebration of Thanksgiving for the entire month of November?

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.
- Neale Donald Walsch

The way to happiness is what I call Zero-Based Gratitude.
Each day be happy and grateful for what you have,
independent of yesterday and of other people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Affirmation:
I commit the whole month of November to expressing gratitude and thanksgiving.


Read about Zero-Based Gratitude

Further reading: The Truly Rich

Know that You have been Blessed

Gratitude for THIS Moment

Recognizing Our Abundance
   

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