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Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Encouraging Quotes, Featured Posts | 2 comments

3 Encouraging Quotes About Gratitude

3 Encouraging Quotes About Gratitude

You have read everywhere that you need to be grateful but you still don’t know how to do that? You know you should, but you are not motivated for it and often forget the correct reasons? Well walk no more my friend, because I’ve carefully picked up for you three very encouraging quotes about gratitude. They will get you motivated to feel grateful for your day, your life and the people surrounding you. Right in the middle of the Gratitude Challenge, I am aware that being grateful is not an easy thing, so I hope this will help you be back on track for the last 14 days of the challenge.

Desire what you already have, not what you don’t

“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

The human being always wants more. And when he gets more, he wants even more. The society made us individual people always craving for more of everything, especially when it comes to belongings, ego and social status. You fight for years to get that very special promotion in your company, and once you get it, after the initial burst of self-contentment you are “back” to normal and again start hoping for more. The same happens if you get the car of your dream. After the initial peak of pleasure, your level of happiness goes back to “regular” and that special car is not so special anymore.

We all have this behavioral pattern on some levels, some more than others. But let me tell you one thing. This is not good. This is somehow destructive, since you will never find any situation where you feel content and satisfied with what you have. By living in this never ending quest for more, you are never really in the present, always thinking about what is missing – not about what you currently have.

Be grateful for what you have and for the quality of it – be it the friends you have or the stuff you own. Yes, you could have more. But will it make you any happier? Probably not. Actually, the more stuff you own, the less added value will bring you each one. The more friends you have, the less insightful will be your friendships.

Your life is probably awesome the way it is. I’m sure some people would kill to have something you have (tweet this) – in the same way that you would probably kill to have something others have. Life is a matter of looking at your own plate, in the present, rather than looking at the green grass in the neighbor’s garden and in the future.

See the bright side of things, of any situation, always. Turn situations around.

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr

When I first stumbled upon these inspirational words, it actually clicked in my mind. Even now when I read it again, I still find it very powerful. Never in my life had I seen things this way. Have you?

A happy yellow thing

Be happy and smile! And be yellow…

There is always something positive, even in the worst situations. Some weeks ago, I went to my uncle’s funeral. It was a very sad moment for everybody. But I got to see a cousin that I hadn’t seen for 15 years. Not the best moment to reconnect with someone, but much better than never reconnect at all. It was a happy moment in a very sad day, and since then we exchanged some emails and hopefully she will visit me soon in Madrid.

Another example? Next Monday, my girlfriend is leaving to France. She is going to be an au pair for 5 months there. 5 large months. That’s the person I love most on earth and these last months we have been spending so much time together… going from “so much” to Whatsapp messages and Skype calls will be pretty tough. But it’s not all dark. She gets to improve her French, and I’ll have more time to focus on other important things for me: my friends, this blog, getting in shape …

Last example. I am currently reading the 100$ startup from Chris Guillebeau, and many of the successful stories he collected are from people who first got laid off and decided to take the opportunity to run their own business. Can you imagine? Getting laid off and yet find some positive outcome? That’s what many people do every year.

I know. Every situation is different. I’m sure your situation is much more complicated. You probably think that there is NOTHING to be happy of in your current situation. But think again. I just gave you 3 examples where there would definitely be NO reasons to be positive … and yet there were. Even if it’s completely negative right now for you, try to see ONE positive thing. Just one. Even a tiny little one. Your situation might be very special, but believe me, everybody thinks the same of his own life. And yet some of us decide to embrace the difficulties and move forward, while other keep burying themselves even deeper by only seeing the wrong side of things.

Focus on the miracle of life, every day.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love-then make that day count!”― Steve Maraboli

Life is a miracle.

YOU are a miracle every day.

Think about it. Out of 50 millions of spermatozoids, only one gets to the target. That was You. In some countries, the child mortality is up to 21%. You are still around, good for you.

Today, you woke up, smelled the coffee, went for a run, had a great lunch with your workmates, shared some funny stories, felt the fresh morning wind on your skin, exchanged a smile with a nice man/woman, and had a nice cozy evening with your special one. If you did things well, you even got a hug from a friend and read a story to your kid to help him/her sleep.
Isn’t it a miracle?

You can enjoy every second of your life; it’s just a matter of seeing things from a positive perspective, with new eyes and no expectations at all (tweet this).

I know it’s hard. I practice gratitude every day, and yet I struggle every day. But I’m getting better at this. That’s why I’m convinced you should definitely join us in the Gratitude Challenge. Even though it started two weeks ago, it’s never too late to start exercising. This challenge is just an excuse; the point is to learn how to be grateful and to realize that your life is a gift. Every day. Every second.

Photo courtesy of Jon Ashcroft and Thomas Rebler

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2 Comments

  1. Love these quotes. This one, “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love-then make that day count!”― Steve Maraboli – really hit me. It’s easy to get caught up in everyday stuff and forget that every day is precious. This is a good reminder for that.

    • Hi Steve,
      Sorry for the delay, I’m a mess these days :)
      Indeed every day is precious. This morning I decided to change my commute routine and walk a bit more, and I loved it. The mere fact of walking by some beautiful streets and see some people around made my day. There is always a reason to make a day count.
      Thanks!
      Nicolas.

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