Quote of the Week // 47th Week

Quote of the Week - 47th Week Simply Megan Joy Blog

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) is known as “America’s most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.” His works would often appear in Reader’s Digest, This Week, and twelve other magazines. He was the author of four books and more than one hundred articles.
I like the wordiness of this quote by Ward. It sounds like a secret recipe with only one ingredient: gratitude. It’s just one simple word that changes everything. Just for the sake of reaffirmation, let’s break it down into three points.

Gratitude:
– transforms common days into thanksgivings
– turns routine jobs into joy
– changes ordinary opportunities into blessings

For example, when we only remember to be grateful when our hearts are full, when we’re observing a beautiful sunset, or sitting around the table with family, we’re missing out on its full-time potential. We should remember to be grateful on common days, routine jobs, and ordinary opportunities. When you’re at work, at school, sitting in a waiting room, stuck in a traffic jam, cleaning up the house all by yourself, or babysitting those neighbor kids (who love to terrorize you by playing hide-and-seek and not coming back until the parents pull into the driveway, forcing you to explain to them why you have lost their children in their own home), we always need to remember the word gratitude. It changes everything.

Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

When we leave out gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation for all of our many blessings, all we have left is a bucket load of complaining, grumbling, and misery when it comes to our attitudes. So, if you find that there’s an excess amount of complaints, grumbles, and discontentment in your everyday life, I suggest that today you take a sticky note, place it on your wall, in your car, or by your computer, and write just six words on it:

“Is my attitude filled with gratitude?”

It’s likely to be a good reminder for when life isn’t all picnics and roses or when it’s just easy to be ungrateful. On bad days, it will help us remember that gratitude is a choice worth choosing, and that being thankful isn’t just for Thanksgiving; it’s for life.
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Have any other ideas to keep “gratitude” on our minds?
Are you ready for Thanksgiving?
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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 36th Week

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an American poet, teacher, and author most famous for his 1860 work “Paul Revere’s Ride.” This quote was taken from his 1849 novel, “Kavanagh: A Tale.”

This could sway in two different directions. The first way we could think about this quote is that, giving away something that means very little to us could mean a lot to the receiver. Donating a too small coat that we have no use for to a charity shop could mean so little to us, but an abundance to a child who has no coat. Even donating our time to help someone, like at a food bank or nursing home could seem like a little thing to us, but gigantic to someone who needs that help.

The other way to think about it is completely different. Sometimes we don’t really appreciate what we are given: a home, food, water, clothes, family, friends, or pets. It’s easy to take our blessings for granted and forget to be thankful. But when it comes time to give one of those things away, we realize how blessed we really were to have those things in the first place. When we give something away or lose something, we then realize how important it was to us.

Remembering to be thankful for what we have is difficult, as it may seem like we don’t have much to be thankful for, sometimes. It’s good to pause and think of all the blessings we are given and remember to be thankful for them, because we never know how long those blessings will last.

So, here we have two diverse representations of Longfellow’s quote. Both meaning different things, though both still linked together. Which of the two can you relate to more?

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Have you ever heard of “Kavanagh: A Tale?”

Which of the two representations can you relate to more?

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Megan Joy