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Of the Five Principles, Takata-sensei held Gratitude to be the most important...

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(Just for today, I am Grateful that others have phrased their feelings and thoughts on Gratitude so eloquently.)


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melodie Beattie

"You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” - Brian Tracy

"Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life." - Christiane Northrup

"Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot." - traditional Hausa (West African) saying

"To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude." - Albert Schweitzer

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears” - Anthony Robbins

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

"Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives." - Terry Lynn Taylor

"In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy."
- Albert Clarke

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." - Cynthia Ozick

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you'?" - William A. Ward

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melodie Beattie

"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."
- Margaret Cousins

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”
- Eileen Caddy

"When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude." - Elie Wiesel

"There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy." - Ralph H. Blum

"For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude." - Clarence E. Hodges

"Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality." - Alfred Painter

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy

"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

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." - Cicero

"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls" - Aesop

"Let the man, who would be grateful, think of repaying a kindness, even while receiving it" - Seneca

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." - Eric Hoffer

"There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance." - Joseph Addison

"Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy". - M.J. Ryan

"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven."
- Johannes A. Gaertner

"When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present - love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure - the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road."
- John Henry Jowett

"Gratitude is a virtue disposing the mind to an inward sense and an outward acknowledgment of a benefit received, together with a readiness to return the same, or the like, as occasions of the doer of it shall require, and the abilities of the receiver extend to. He who receives a good turn, should never forget it: he who does one, should never remember it." - Pierre Charron

"A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most complete prayer." - Gotthold Lessing

"Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted - a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul."
- Rabbi Harold Kushner


Be Grateful

Be grateful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be grateful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be grateful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be grateful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be grateful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be grateful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be grateful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be grateful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

- Unknown

and finally:

"If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape."
- Unknown


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