Encouragement for the Journey 3 April 2016

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Encouragement for the Journey 3 April 2016

Encouragement for the Journey

I am Thankful For

Greetings fellow traveller,

While traveling along the journey of life, we continually experience a wide variety of thoughts and emotions. Occasionally we become distracted, failing to appreciate what is before our very eyes, or what we have just heard, or maybe we have put food into our mouth, but we have not even tasted it, because we are too busy checking our mobile phone, or I Pad or having dinner watching TV.

So much is occurring in and around us that we can express our gratitude for. Liz towards the end of last year, introduced us to the Gratitude or Thankfulness Jar, whereby on a regular basis we place in the jar our gratitude / thankfulness for ……… Then at the end of the year, we open the jar and delight in the myriad of blessings we have received during the yI am Thankful Forear. How is your jar going? It is not too late to start!!!

 There are so many quotes and descriptions of gratitude; this is one of my favourites:

‘Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steered in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many
occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.’

Henri Nouwen

Now that is a powerful statement, …’I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.’ When we do that, something happens within and we see others and ourselves so very differently.

Another aspect of gratitude is to acknowledge the significant contribution our fellow humanoids have made in our lives. This often occurs, at just the right moment, when we need the spark of another to encourage us. Albert Schweitzer expresses this so beautifully:

‘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.’

Meanwhile peace in a spirit of gratitude


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