Have you ever thought about the difference in thankfulness versus gratefulness? During hot, dry spells, you are thankful for the slightest hints of rain or during the winter, you are thankful for the day falling snow finally wanes. On the other hand, you are indeed grateful for the presence of nature, the nurture that Mother Nature brings to the earth in the forms of nourishment, care, shelter, guidance, inspiration. Being aware of your surroundings interjects feelings of thoughtfulness which in turn makes you truly thankful thereby expressing gratitude for all blessings received. Inner spirit is at peace, heart and soul.
Being thankful, giving thanks
Go together hand-in-hand
One without the other
Makes for a lonely stand
Be thankful for many blessings
Each new day may impart
Specially those unexpected
Which arrive heart-to-heart
Give thanks in return
For those blessings received
Since unspoken words
Can’t be quickly perceived
Be thankful for troubled times
Reaching out to those concerned
For without painful mistakes
Lessons cannot be learned
Give thanks for the little things
From strangers and loved ones alike
Whose genuine thoughtfulness
Presents a delightful heartstrike
Be thankful for each morning
With which a fresh start begins
Giving thanks for daily blessings
Until the day finally ends
Turn thoughtfulness into gratitude
A work of heart, a practice of soul
Find pleasure giving to others
A notion that never grows cold
© 2015 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
—Albert Schweitzer (Alsatian theologian, organist, philosopher 1875–1965)
November 13th is World Kindness Day!
A global 24-hour celebration dedicated to
paying-it-forward and focusing on the good.
Feelings of thoughtfulness naturally bring on acts of kindness, which make for a better day any time of the year. Even though November 13th is set aside as a day of celebration, let it only be the beginning of random acts of kindness to last all year!
Opportunities for random acts of kindness are everywhere. We just have to take the time and allow ourselves to do something memorable for others. November 13th, World Kindness Day, is a good day to remind us of that. The good news, is that kindness doesn’t always require spending. A nice letter, a compliment, or even your time can make someone smile.