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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

52 Ways to Joy - To Be Grateful

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

The news has been filled with tragedy this past week from the Boston bombing to the Texas explosions. It's impossible to escape the events that rock our peaceful lives.

Yet, we must go on. We must continue to live, work and push forward.

But even through the sadness we have to look around and be grateful for what we do have, for the people in our lives right now that bring us happiness.

Sometimes it's hard when we struggle from day to day with bills, unemployment, stress, or illness. Times are hard and our perceptions are often hard to change.

But, once you start to see the silver lining in your everyday life, it's hard to stop craving that snippet of joy that can brighten a moment.

So, you're not having lobster and filet mignon for dinner tonight...if there's food on your table, be grateful.

Your last ten dollars went into your gas tank to get you to work today? Be grateful you're not standing in the rain at a bus stop heading to the unemployment line.

Your hair not cooperating today and you look in the mirror disgusted? Be grateful for that head of hair, how many cancer patients are picking out a hat or a scarf to cover their bald heads?

Before you complain today, I challenge you to try to turn that complaint into something to be grateful for - because your outlook on what you do have can bring you joy!

I wish you joy and an abundance of things to be grateful for wherever your travels take you this week!

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  1. That's so true. If you're thankful and grateful first, it does open your heart to joy.


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