May 11, 2020

Dear Hope Nation,

I suspect many of you are tired of hearing me talk about gratitude. The way I go on, expressing gratitude sounds like a panacea, a remedy for everything that ails you. That, of course, is nonsense. Sharing your gratitude with the world will not fix toe fungus, halitosis or balding. (More honestly, I should say no clinical evidence exists to suggest these things. I maintain my faith in the power of gratitude, so I’m going to wait for peer-reviewed journals to weigh in on this.)  Gratitude may transform your life, and will not cause any damage. Promise.

I’ve included some of my favorite quotes below in no particular order. I do have a favorite one, but I doubt anyone else will identify it. (If you text or email me your guess and it’s correct, I’ll be you a large ice cream cone. Really!) Please, please, please choose at least one and sit with it until it starts to throb with meaning.

You matter. I matter. We matter.

Best,

Keith

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”
-Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes.”
-Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
-Epicurus

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
-Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.”
-Roy T. Bennett

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
-Meister Eckhart

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
-Maya Angelou

“Enough is a feast.”
-Buddhist Proverb

“Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
-Robert Brault

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.”
-Stephen W. Hawking

“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”
-Thornton Wilder

“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
-W. T. Purkiser

“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

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.”
-Gertrude Stein