The Fairest Blossom
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
Henry Ward Beecher
In our modern world it is perfectly true that:
“The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.” – Jean Kerr
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
If only we could see it!
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” Iris Murdoch
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
Henry David Thoreau
Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels. Bertolt Brecht
God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
“Heaven is right where you are standing.”
All you have to do is see it:
If you have easy self-contentment, you… have a very, very cheap source of happiness. Leon Kass
content with the least, for content
is the wealth of nature. Socrates
Did you read that last quotation carefully?
“Content is the wealth of nature.”
If we were able to recognize contentment when we reached it ~ if we were looking for it, expecting it, and thus creating it…
This country, whose citizens number fewer than 30% of the planet’s population, would not be using 80% of its resources.
Without contentment ~ gratitude for what is ~ we cannot recognize happiness when we reach it.
We keep reaching.
Ask Mother Nature.
Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.
Joseph Wood Krutch