Healing by Gratitude


Greet the day with a smile and a whisper of thanks.

Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks – I’ve got the sun in the mornin’ and the moon at night.” ― Irving Berlin

“[Gratitude] turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou

Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ― Anthony Robbins

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia\

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?” ― William Arthur Ward

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ― G.K. Chesterton

Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.” ― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” ― Yogi Bhajan

A grateful mindset can set you free from the prison of disempowerment and the shackles of misery.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Quotes from GoodReads

Extra Resources

Gratitude Journal

Grounded in Gratitude

Gratitude Board

 Bruce Sallan’s Seven Attitudes of Gratitude



Thank you

Picture courtesy of LilyandVal

This month I practiced:

Marching Into Gratitude

A letter each day of thanks with a pic. Here is the list:

(Pics on Instagram)

A is for….All the Amazing snow

B is for boys, belly buttons & blue, I am so thankful for all of you!

C is for Culture. Phantom of the Opera on Netflix. Yes!!

D is for dog doctors. Poor Jack and his ouch ear…

E is for the extraordinary ordinary everyday. Each exhale a gift.

F is for Fingers found and the flush of love they create & hold

G is for Glimpses of glowing grace. Glitter. And now I want a prairie dog name Gaga Giblet…

I am thankful for, starting with H:  House of bricks & wood Home of flesh & bone

I am incredibly thankful for Innovation & Iteration. The constant change that is life. Mostly. And Imagination. The best dreams didn’t even come close to the heart filling wonder of his smile

Shout it out! We are so thankful for our amazing Uncle J!!! The best. My only. Brother J.

Thankful for the L words: life, laughter & love.  Perhaps those are all one truly needs…

M is for music. The soundtracks of our lives.

N is for night and nature, the places where dreams & birds fly

Ode to O! Oodles of bubbles and Open hands

P is for…the pull & pursuit of pulchritude (beauty) in this place. The present. And poets…

Q is for…questions. Living with them with open hand.

R today, almost forgotten! R is for radiant rays of sunshine on shoulders. The rising revolution of my soul.

S…The safety & sensuality of being seen

T is for tickles & tapping hearts!

It might be upside down but this is U. Utterly un-matched. The Arch.

V is for vegetables & vitamins. And sliVers of moon

W is for…wonderful water to wash wounds and whisper wild dreams…

X is for xylophone. Of course…

Y is for yoga and the yes found there. A way to come home to myself…

Z is for zooming-Embracing change without pain. @Seth Godin
And cameras that zoom in…

A alphabet of thanks completed.

What’s next?!


Present over Perfect

This is on my mind lately…

November 115

I fight against the messy, disastrous chaos of  life. I rage, yell and pound my elbow against the counter to try to silence the voice yelling in my head. I fight to breathe. Tears get stuck in the back of my eyes.

I can’t keep doing this to myself.

I must embrace this mantra. For my family. My soul. For love.

I can do this. I can be here in this messy, beautiful moment.

Right now.

This moment is perfect in its completeness.

I can be in it. Here. Now.

Not perfectly.  Enough

Side note of excitement: Shauna Niequist is writing a book called Present Over Perfect.