Posts Tagged ‘Gratitude’

No Thanks

August 22, 2018

As I continue to explore the practical limitations of my current mobility, I do admit to finding myself marveling once again at how something as simple as a relatively minor injury can have dramatic impacts.  And while this is interesting to me, let me make it abundantly clear that I am not grateful for this learning opportunity.

As my Grandfather never used to say, “If you learned something from getting snake bit, then good for you.  Opportunities for learning can be found almost everywhere . . . but that don’t mean you’ve got to thank the snake for biting you.”

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Over Time I’ve Come To Appreciate This More And More

April 8, 2015

Good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but wise men appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.

Buddha

In Gratitude Or Ingratitude?

November 29, 2013

It’s an old problem with me, particularly this time of year.  Other people are expressing their gratitude for this or that, and no matter how much I wish it were otherwise, all too often I’m just not feeling the gratitude . . . and I don’t mean mine, which I can feel just fine.

I can’t feel theirs.

I try to tell myself that the fault must be mine, that I’m just being cynical or worse for not being able to sense the sincerity behind their words . . . but in my heart I don’t believe that any more than I can believe them.  I’ll be the first to admit that my cynicism, while quite real, is only a veneer I use to mask my optimism, so I want to believe them when they use words like “wonderful” or “perfect” or “gift,” and sometimes I do.   Not often, I admit, but sometimes, just enough to make me realize that where ever the truth of the matter lies, it’s not quite as simple as there being something “wrong” with me.  There are times I wish it were that simple though, because then that would mean that only one person had a problem.

May all your gratitudes be real.