IMG_2081Ana from Celebrating Sunshine shared in a recent post these great gratitude quotes that I think are just wonderful. Visit her site for more upbeat posts looking at the sunny side of life!

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.      Alphonse Karr

May we never let the things we can’t have, or don’t have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have.                                 Richard L. Evans

When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.  Shauna Niequist

Every now and then I sit and watch the sun rise to remind myself how it’s done—peacefully, steadily, warmly, and in beautiful color.  Richelle E. Goodrich

Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.  Richelle E. Goodrich

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.  Melodie Beattie

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

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.  Epicurus

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!  Steve Maraboli

Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.  Mandy Hale

[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

The more I understand the mind and the human experience, the more I begin to suspect there is no such thing as unhappiness; there is only ungratefulness.  Steve Maraboli

I have learned over a period of time to be almost unconsciously grateful–as a child is–for a sunny day, blue water, flowers in a vase, a tree turning red. I have learned to be glad at dawn and when the sky is dark. Only children and a few spiritually evolved people are born to feel gratitude as naturally as they breathe, without even thinking. Most of us come to it step by painful step, to discover that gratitude is a form of acceptance.  Faith Baldwin

Love is such a deep gratitude. When you are truly in love with life, every breath you take is gratitude.  Bryant McGill

Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.  Edwin Arlington Robinson

My personal favorites are from Maya Angelou and Steve Maraboli. Which ones touch and inspire you?


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17 Responses to Celebrate

  1. Steve Maraboli! I felt that way after 9/11….how very lucky I was to be alive and grateful to be breathing in and out. They’re all great reminders though.

  2. I particularly am drawn to Melodie Beattie and Faith Baldwin’s quotes…I am trying to sustain peace among the chaos I am living at the moment…and I think it is only through gratitude that I will reach the shores of peace. Beautiful post!

  3. Robbie says:

    all of them:-) they are ALL great! Eliza, I feel you were meant to be a writer, you have such an appreciation for the beauty of words-:-) It shows in all you do:-) Also a wise woman you are!

  4. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    …..and inspiring!

  5. mk says:

    Thank you so much for this great post about gratitude! I find it so inspiring that I’ve bookmarked it to help me remember when I forget. I find it so inspiring that I think I must do a post in thanks for this one.

    I respond to Maya Angelou when she says “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel”.

    I particularly respond to Mandy Hale because I so often fall prey to burdening myself with “how far you have to go”. It reminds me of a story about two Buddhist monks and how they respond to the knowledge of the number of lives they would live before they attain enlightenment. The number was the same for both. One of them mourned the length of the journey. The other rejoiced at the nearness of the destination.

  6. Ana did a great job on that post! I always found Maya Angelou so inspirational. I also like Epicurus in this post.

  7. Yup. I liked Steve Maraboli’s. And Robinson’s was spot on.

  8. Your posts are full and meaningful…thank you Eliza.

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