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Gratitude Fills

November 22, 2011

“If we will pull our minds and our spirits away from our problems from time to time and redirect them to our blessings, we will find much to celebrate. We’ll recognize that the world is full of beauty, that most people are worthy of our respect and trust, and that the affairs of suffering humans are replete with acts of love, kindness, nobility, and sacrifice. And we’ll remember that overseeing it all is a God who knows us well, who loves us anyway, and who is very, very good.

All people have within their grasp much to be thankful for.

Gratitude fills. Grumbling drains. The choice is ours.

-Richard A. Swenson, M.D.,  Margin

Happy Thanksgiving!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2011 12:08 pm


  2. November 22, 2011 1:09 pm

    great quote and reminder!

  3. November 26, 2011 10:30 pm

    I was on the phone with a family member the other day who spend about 20 minutes complaining and grumbling. I offered a few solutions to the problems presented, but my ideas were quickly dismissed. Honestly, I felt like this person enjoys grumbling–if I helped solve the problems, what would be left to grumble about? Is it possible for someone to find grumbling an empowering, invigorating, positive experience?

    Trouble is, even if grumbling doesn’t drain the grumbler, it certainly drains everyone who is stuck listening to him.

    • November 27, 2011 6:23 pm

      Yes, Anne, it is draining for sure to the one listening if nothing else.

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