Face Book a few years ago. I forgot about it
this year and missed the first day of November. The point is to write down one
thing each day of November, something for which you are thankful. Some people
have decided not to do it this year, but I appreciate the opportunity to think
each morning of my blessings. Today am I warm and dry? Is my water clean
running and working well? Am I having a relatively pain free day? Am I hungry
because I was just too busy to remember to eat rather than not having food?
Mother did this years ago. She decided to write a gratitude journal. At the end
of every day she was going to write one happy thing that happened that day. I
on the other hand thought I’d have a specific journal for the things that made
me mad. I would only write angry thoughts in it. My idea was to channel my
angry thoughts into one place so I could reserve my journal for happy ideas.
Guess who had the happier time!
Monson said in a conference talk several years ago,
“My brothers and sisters, to express
gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.
My brothers and sisters, do we remember
to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only
helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and
helps us feel God’s love.
My beloved friend President
Gordon B. Hinckley said, “When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk
with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving
that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.”
We have all experienced times when our
focus is on what we lack rather than on our blessings. Said the Greek
philosopher Epictetus, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things
which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
“And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his
wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things.”
In the Book of Mormon we are told to
“live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which God doth
bestow upon you.”
Regardless of our circumstances, each
of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate
We can lift ourselves and others as
well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate
within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among
the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.
Someone has said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the
parent of all others.”
How can we cultivate within our hearts
an attitude of gratitude? President Joseph F. Smith, sixth President of
the Church, provided an answer. Said he: “The grateful man sees so much in the
world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love
overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life.” He continued:
“Pride destroys our gratitude and sets up selfishness in its place. How much
happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful
we should be to cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful
attitude toward God and man!”
lasting happiness and gratitude are the
things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our
health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around us. Unfortunately,
these are some of the things we allow ourselves to take for granted.
The English author Aldous Huxley wrote,
“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for
Someone has said, “Feeling gratitude
and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
I have a niece who one time wrote, “How
would you feel if you woke up and only had the things you said you were
grateful for.” Have a lovely grateful month and Happy Thanksgiving
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