(Brooke’s generosity Blog)

I am grateful. I am grateful that I can quote people with more insight and wisdom than I have. I celebrate Thanksgiving today by sharing some of the quotes of wise people on Gratitude.

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”

“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The best way to show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen.”
Mother Teresa

Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes.”
Ellen DeGeneres

“I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, but it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.”
Oprah Winfrey

“It’s never felt more Canadian to be Canadian than it does now.”
Douglas Coupland

“It doesn’t seem to occur to us that when you owe a great debt of gratitude, [To aboriginal peoples] one of the first things you do is show respect by saying thank you. That is how bridges begin to be built.”
John Ralston Saul

“How gratitude changes lives is more complex than mumbling a polite “thank you.” The effects of gratitude are as complex and varied as its definition. The word stems from the Latin root gratia, meaning grace, graciousness or gratefulness, and is described as a feeling, a character trait and a world view. In nearly every definition, it implies recognizing an undeserved gift conferred by someone else
United Church Observer

“Ultimately, being open and respectful towards each other is much more powerful as a way to diffuse hatred and anger than, you know, layering on, you know, big walls and oppressive policies.”
Justin Trudeau

“This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.”
Ellen Page

“All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the history of our movement. We are no more – and no less – heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives, and trying as civil-rights activist Dorothy Cotton said, to ‘fix what ain’t right’ in our society.”
Senator Tammy Baldwin

“The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:6-7

A happy and grace filled Thanksgiving to all.