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"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into
enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,
confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a
home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

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Thought for the Holiday Season:

Love

L
LISTEN
intently to the people with whom you are traveling
your journey. Listen deeply; it is a great gift.
O
 OPTIMIZE
the time you have with your loved ones; we do
not know our last hour; don't postpone giving your love.
V
 VALUE
the people in your life, really notice their goodness.
E
EXPRESS
your gratitude, appreciation and praise.
~ Mary Manin Morrissey

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The Wickedness of Ingratitude

"Ingratitude is the enemy of our souls, the annihilation of our
merits, the scattering of our virtues, the loss of our benefactions.
Ingratitude is a burning wind, drying up the fountain of piety, the
dew of mercy, the streams of grace.
A destructive thing is ingratitude, hostile to grace, and inimical
to salvation. I tell you that to my knowledge nothing so displeases
God, especially in children of grace, in men of conversion, as much
as ingratitude, for it obstructs the path of grace, And where there
is ingratitude, grace no longer finds access and has no place."
~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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"Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things;
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices."

~ St. Teresa of Avila

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"For attractive lips,
Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes,
Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure,
Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair,
Let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise,
Walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things,
Have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed,
And redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
You will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands;
One for helping yourself, and the other for helping others."
~ Audrey Hepburn

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"There is no difficulty that enough Love
will not conquer;
No disease that enough Love will not heal;
No door that enough Love will not open;
No gulf that enough Love will not bridge;
No wall that enough Love will not throw down;
No sin that enough Love will not redeem.
It makes no difference how deeply seated
may be the trouble,
How hopeless the outlook,
How muddled the tangle,
How great the mistake;
A sufficient realization of Love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be the
happiest and most powerful being in the world."
~ Emmet Fox

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"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw
back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and
creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely
commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things
occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A
whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's
favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material
assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come
his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a
day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than
my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame
or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circum-
stances, or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my pro-
gress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes
are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream
too extreme, no challenge too great for me.”
~ Charles Swindoll

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"Those are a success who have lived well, laughed often, and
loved much; who have gained the respect of intelligent people
and the love of children, who have filled their niche and accomp-
lished their task, who leave the world better than they found it,
whether by a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked
appreciation of the earth's beauty or failed to express it; who
looked for the best in others and gave the best they had."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“There are two ways to look at life. One is as though nothing
is a miracle; the other is as though everything is.”

~ Albert Einstein

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"The life of the individual only has meaning insofar as it aids in
making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.
Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value to which
all other values are subordinate."
~ Albert Einstein

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"I get up. I walk. I fall down.
Meanwhile, I keep dancing."

~ Rabbi Hillel

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"Aging? A necessary process to pass on to a better world.
Death? Merely a brief passage, a tunnel . . .
The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the
undeniables of life, don’t cover them with a blanket, or ignore
them with a nervous grin. Don’t turn up the TV and pretend they
aren’t  here. Instead, stand still, whisper God’s name, and listen.
He is nearer than you think. "

~ Max Lucado

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"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the
smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to
turn a life around."

~ Leo Buscaglia

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"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to
an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your
child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your
mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to
yourself, respect; to all men, charity."

~ Francis Maitland Balfour

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"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. "
~ Saint Francis of Assisi

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"The aim and final end of all music should be none other
than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."
~ J. S. Bach

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"Life passes, riches fly away, popularity is fickle, the senses
decay, the world changes. One alone is true to us; One alone
can be all things to us; One alone can supply our need."
~ John Henry Cardinal Newman

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"From morning till night, sounds drift from the kitchen,
most of them familiar and comforting... On days when
warmth is the most important need of the human heart,
the kitchen is the place you can find it; it dries the wet
sock, it cools the hot little brain."

~ E. B. White

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"If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions."
~ Og Mandino

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“Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”

~ Oren Arnold

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"To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing
for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand
behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course.
Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you.
Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression
of gratitude."
~ Albert Schweitzer

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"This is the true joy in life, the being used by a purpose recognized
by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a
feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the
world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion
that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it
is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly
used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice
in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is sort of a
splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want
to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to
future generations."

~ George Bernard Shaw

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Desiderata
"Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser
persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you
in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep
peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy."
~ Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, 1952.
 

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“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear
and the blind can read.”

~ Mark Twain

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"That which you create in beauty and goodness and truth lives
on for all time to come. Don't spend your life accumulating
material objects that will only turn to dust and ashes."

~ Denis Waitley

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"The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life.
It provides human beings with a sense of destination and
the energy to get started."
~ Norman Cousins

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“Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made
difficult because freedom is the accomplishment
and perfectness of man.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
If you can state, despite your resistance, your willingness
to see the spiritual innocence, the light in the soul of one
who harmed you, you have begun the journey to a deep
and unshakable peace."
~ Marianne Williamson

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"Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer
believes in God: for it is perhaps your own coldness and
avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness
that have chilled his faith."
~ Thomas Merton

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"When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?
... Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will
you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car?
Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement?
Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If
relationships will matter most then, shouldn't they matter
most now?"

~ Max Lucado

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"We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love
of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the
love with which it is performed."

~ Brother Lawrence

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"With every prayer and every thought of love, we release
the light that will cast out darkness. One light alone seems
small and weak, but no one's light is ever alone, for all our
lights are part of God."
~ Marianne Williamson

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