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  2. 2. GRATITUDE - Attitude for Gratitude - A feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something.- Thankful for oneself and the natural beauty of the world
  3. 3. GRATITUDE A Full Glass of Milk “One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay for his hungry stomach,decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. On the way through school, he found he had only one thin dime left and he was very hungry. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. The woman thought he lookedhungry, so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?” “You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us, never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said…”Then I thank you from my heart.” Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in tosee her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case. After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to herroom. The woman feared opening it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words…”Paid in full with one glass of milk.” Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly. Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: Thank You, God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”
  4. 4. GRATITUDEGive thanks for a little and you will find a lot. – Hausa proverb from Nigeria
  5. 5. GRATITUDEThe happy heart gives away the best. To know how to receive is also a most important gift, which cultivates generosity in others and keeps strong the cycle of life.– Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, speaker, author, musician and spiritual leader in the Eastern Tsalagi (Cherokee) tradition
  6. 6. GRATITUDEWhenever feeling downcast, each person should vitally remember, "For my sake, the entire world was created." – Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer, Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hasidic Judaism
  7. 7. GRATITUDEUnder affliction in the very depths, stop and contemplate what you have to be grateful for. – Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science
  8. 8. GRATITUDE A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even in paradise. – Bahaullah, founder of the Bahai FaithTheres a self-expansive aspect of gratitude. Very possibly its a little known law of nature: the more gratitude you have, the more you have to be grateful for. – Elaine St. James, author, leader of the simplicity movement
  9. 9. GRATITUDE Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are. – Nkosi Johnson, twelve-year-old Zulu boy, living with AIDSSpring passes and one remembers ones innocence. Summer passes and one remembers ones exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers ones reverence. Winter passes and one remembers ones perseverance. – Yoko Ono, Japanese-American artist and musician
  10. 10. GRATITUDE As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude.– Etty Hillesum, Dutch Jewish writer known for her diaries and correspondence from Westerbork concentration camp
  11. 11. GRATITUDE Grateful living: an alchemic operation of converting "disgraceful" things into grateful events.– Raimundo Panikkar, Roman Catholic priest from Spain specializing in comparative philosophy of religion
  12. 12. GRATITUDEGratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting. That kind of let go is fiercely threatening. I mean, where might such gratitude end? – Regina Sara Ryan, former Roman Catholic nun now aligned with the Bauls of Bengal, India