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Be grateful

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life,” Rumi once said.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding,” Alice Walker once said.

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Be happy and thankful

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life,” Omar Khayyam once said.

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Thankful for friends

This year, especially, I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for my friends who call me on the phone, friends who send me text messages and my friend who shows up in my front yard for an in-person chat. As William James once said, “It is your friends who make your world.” –Joy

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Gratitude at this dark time

William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, wrote in the April 24 issue of the magazine about the people he encountered on a bike ride. One woman jogger smiled at me, a stranger, with such genuine warmth I was startled. “Hi,” she called out as I rolled by, in recognition of our shared predicament: escaped prisoners […]

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Don’t count sheep

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful, reads a gratitude prayer every morning. At night, she suggests following one psychologist’s advice: “Count blessings, not sheep.”

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The many wonders of life

I don’t always feel thankful when my alarm sounds, but I usually feel thankful by the time I begin my morning walk. In her book Grateful, Diana Butler Bass quotes Thich Nhat Hanh. Waking up this morning, I see blue sky. I join my hands in thanks for the many wonders of life— For having […]

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The wine of the soul

I am reading Diana Butler Bass’ book Grateful again—this time with my Sunday School class. And, I am feeling grateful for many things, but especially for my book club, which has been meeting for 33 years. We met this week and made a list of 12 good books to read. Diana Butler Bass repeats a […]

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Remember the stars

It’s December! Don’t get so busy that you forget to be thankful for the simple things. “Open the window and count the stars,” Nam June Paik once said.

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An awareness and a feeling

May you feel grateful today—so grateful that you feel grateful in your ribs! I am going to remember to stop rushing around, stop being busy with my holiday activities for a few minutes. I am going to remember to be aware that I am grateful. “Gratitude is both a feeling and an awareness,” wrote Marcus […]

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