Monday, June 4, 2012

GRATITUDE

Someone once told me that the more appreciative you are of life, the more blessings will work their way into yours. I keep this little book on gratitude on my beside table and often read it after a challenging day to remind myself of the many things I have to be thankful for...


...like good friends. Our family friend, Larry, is especially generous in spirit. Whenever Mom and Dad need help with a project around the house, he is there to help out even though he has his own family. When a family friend could no longer afford to keep her house, Larry bought it so she could stay in it with a more affordable payment. When Mom mentioned that I was looking for some vintage Readers Digest books to transform into journal covers (a neat idea I found on the internet), he popped up with a box of 40 of them this weekend! Here is but a handful of them.


He also found these nice quilt books at a local sale and got them for me. I'm not sure my husband would even think to do that! Seems out of the realm of most male sensibilities!


Sherri, who is a family friend of my parents-in-law, recently came to my rescue with a new supply of vintage wooden spools for my pincushions. I have never even met Sherri and yet she was kind enough to think of me! Talk about a generous spirit!


And so it is with a grateful heart, that I'm writing thank you notes to these kind-hearted folks today. One of my favorite things to do is write a letter—and a handwritten one is even better. It's a great way to connect with friends and acquaintances. I'm just plain happier when I write. Here are a few words of wisdom from my gratitude book that hold special meaning to me:

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” 
—Marcel Proust


"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  
—Winston Churchill


"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." 
—Thornton Wilder


“If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.” 
— Meister Eckhart


”The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” 
— Richard Bach


“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” 
—Albert Schweitzer

9 comments:

  1. What nice gifts! Larry sounds like a gem!
    Maya

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  2. You already know that I'm jealous of your writing! And it is very apparent that you enjoy it - you do it beautifully. Love the thoughtful gifts from friends.

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  3. There is nothing better than a handwritten note. I keep my favorites displayed at my desk.

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  4. Your thoughtful and generous friends are such treasures! And those quotes are perfect! What a beautiful post! Thanks!

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  5. I love this! I also love these quotes. It is always good to pause and be mindful. What a lovely post!

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  6. What a beautiful and true post. I couldn't agree more. I also heard one time and still remember (amazingly enought) that it is just important to say, "You're welcome." Have a wonderful day -

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  7. Very nice! And so true. Thanks for sharing those words of wisdom quotes with us!

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  8. Kimber, I am grateful for having a friend like you: you are amazing, thoughtful, generous, talented, beautiful, caring, fun, kind, giving, a joy to talk to and be around, and full of kind spirit. Thanks for the wonderful post. I too enjoy writing notes and make an attempt to do this at least twice a month on Sunday afternoons. Hugs, Mary A.

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  9. Keep up the good work. Happy Summer. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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