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Week 9 – Gratitude Pays Dividends


Today, Thanksgiving Day, is one that is set aside for doing something we must do daily and that is to express our gratitude for who we are as it relates to God; what we have because of His favor, mercy and grace; and the wonderful gifts of the capacity to think, feel, and love.  This week in our Master Key Mastermind reading we continue examining this capacity to think and reinforcing our commitment to begin each day with love in our hearts.

One of the statements made by Haanel is that “Man is the sum total of his own thoughts; so the question is, how are we going to entertain only the good thoughts and reject the evil ones?”  A simple answer is to keep good, or rather great thoughts readily available to feed your mind, promptly rejecting anything with a hint of negativity.  Here are some of my favorite quotes, thoughts and questions related to gratitude to bolster your repertoire:


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

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time.  Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?  ~G.K. Chesterton

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.  ~Kak Sri

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

You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.  ~G.K. Chesterton  What things might you begin saying grace before?

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It’s a way to live.  ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.  ~Robert Quillen

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.  ~Epictetus

Gratitude is the best attitude.  ~Author Unknown

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

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.  ~Gerald Good

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.  ~Chinese Proverb

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

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

Gratitude yields joy, a sense of peace and a flooding of love.  Gratitude indeed pays dividends!!

4 thoughts on “Week 9 – Gratitude Pays Dividends

  1. You are correct, we need to always remember to give thanks for everything and everyone. My favorite quote that you added was “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. ~G.K. Chesterton What things might you begin saying grace before?” We don’t give enough tanks and gratitude in our lives and we should remember to do so at every moment we have. Thank you for helping us to keep our thanks ever present and arming us with good thoughts to keep the positive in front of us.

  2. I enjoyed your gratitude quotes. They reminded me of Hymn #3 in the Christian Science Hymnal. The first line is: “A grateful heart a garden is, where there is always room for every lovely, God-like grace to come to perfect bloom.” Let’s keep blooming!

  3. Thank you for posting such a lovely reminder to stop and be thankful for EVERYTHING! Without stopping to look, I do forget to notice that my entire life is a gift.

  4. Thanks for commenting on the degrees of gratefulness as i can tell you have a heart full of love & full of gratitude for the small and the large things in your life !

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