Category Archives: Grateful

The View from My Handlebars…

I had to be at work a little early this morning. It was cold–the first really cold morning of the year–probably about 30F, and not a breeze in the air. It felt good; crisp. And then as I rounded the corner and faced east this was the view in front of me as the sun rose. Beautiful. I stopped in the middle of the street to snap a photo. I was, and still am, so grateful to be on a bike in the open air. It was a great way to start the day.

A Garden of Eden in Hell

The above image is that of Alice Herz-Sommer, who is also the interviewee in the below short but very inspiring video. At 108 years young she is the oldest known living Holocaust survivor. A few years ago–at the age of 104–she wrote a book called A Garden of Eden in Hell, retelling her amazing life story. Her secret to survival and longevity, it seems, is gratitude, thankfulness, and positive thinking. Many of us, I believe, can learn a lot from this woman and this short clip…I know I can. It’s well worth the twelve minutes to watch this. To read a very short bio of her, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

>10 Quotes On Being Thankful (Happy Thanksgiving!)

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Most of the readers are probably aware this, but in the event you are reading this blog outside North America, today is our American Thanksgiving, which is similar but on a different date than the Canadian holiday by the same name (click here to read about the Thanksgiving Holiday). This has always been my favorite holiday because it is about family, friends, and most importantly, food. And as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to view this day as a day to–without trying too sound hokey–count my blessings; a day to be thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving!

“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

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”
Jean Baptiste Massieu

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?””
William Arthur Ward

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
David O. McKay

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

“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
 

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.”
Cicero
 
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” The Dalai Lama

10 Quotes On Being Thankful (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Most of the readers are probably aware this, but in the event you are reading this blog outside North America, today is our American Thanksgiving, which is similar but on a different date than the Canadian holiday by the same name (click here to read about the Thanksgiving Holiday). This has always been my favorite holiday because it is about family, friends, and most importantly, food. And as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to view this day as a day to–without trying too sound hokey–count my blessings; a day to be thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving!

“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

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”
Jean Baptiste Massieu

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?””
William Arthur Ward

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
David O. McKay

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

“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
 

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.”
Cicero
 
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” The Dalai Lama

>Truly Inspiring

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By now many of you have probably heard this incredibly inspiring story, but I was so moved by it I thought I’d post it anyhow. The story I am referring to is that of the elderly Canadian couple, Allen and Violet Large, who won big in the lottery, really big…more than $11 million big. And then they gave nearly all of it away, but they kept the money in their local community. They won’t disclose how much they gave to each organization, but they donated money to schools, churches, the fire department, the Red Cross, hospitals, and a cemetery.

I keep saying that I have to start playing the lottery, and that  if I won big I would give some of it away (the key word here is “some”)…I have to be honest and say that I don’t know if I could do what they did…it is a true inspiration (at least to me it is).

‘That money that we won was nothing,’ Allen told the Toronto Star. ‘We have each other.’

To read the full story click here.

Truly Inspiring

By now many of you have probably heard this incredibly inspiring story, but I was so moved by it I thought I’d post it anyhow. The story I am referring to is that of the elderly Canadian couple, Allen and Violet Large, who won big in the lottery, really big…more than $11 million big. And then they gave nearly all of it away, but they kept the money in their local community. They won’t disclose how much they gave to each organization, but they donated money to schools, churches, the fire department, the Red Cross, hospitals, and a cemetery.

I keep saying that I have to start playing the lottery, and that  if I won big I would give some of it away (the key word here is “some”)…I have to be honest and say that I don’t know if I could do what they did…it is a true inspiration (at least to me it is).

‘That money that we won was nothing,’ Allen told the Toronto Star. ‘We have each other.’

To read the full story click here.