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“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving” Kahlil Gibran

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A few days ago, I was reading a blog post by blog buddy Jane of, when I came across the following question: What if you woke up this morning with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? It had me thinking about how well or poorly we express our gratitude or thankfulness for everything. If I go to bed thankful for the blessings of today and the promise of tomorrow and include all in this prayer, then, I’d have nothing to fear or worry. But how often do we end our busy day with an inclusive thank you? What do we include or exclude? Do we even think about the fact that each day we have breath is a blessing worthy of praise and gratitude?

A Mother’s Love: A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said: For cutting the grass: $5.00; For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00; For going to the store for you: $.50;Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25; Taking out the garbage: $1.00; For getting a good report card: $5.00; For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00; Total owed: $14.75
Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he’d written on, and this is what she wrote: For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No Charge; For all the nights that I’ve sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you: No Charge; For all the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years: No Charge; For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge; For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge; Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge.
When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.” And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL”.

Imagine going to bed with certain thoughts and ideas about our life, our future, and who we’d like to see in it, and then ka boom… we wake up in the morning to a new reality populated by the things we imagined in our dreams and wishes. I don’t like to take anything for granted, so my prayer would be to go to bed thankful for everyone and everything that sustains this planet, and wake up with same. What do you do to express your gratitude for people’s grace? Below is another story; it’s about Happiness.

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”  Epictetus

Inspiration: What If... Be thankful for everyone and everything...

What is Happiness?: The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, has moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.
As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”
She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.” And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less.”

The story above is a reminder that our attitude can make a tremendous difference, not only on our perspective about life, but also on our outcome. It is best to be thankful without reservation so we won’t regret what we inadvertently left out… We can’t afford to be the unfortunate recipient of a what if…that left anyone out.  Have a Happy July 4th Holiday! What about you? What are your thoughts? What are you thankful for? Do you find yourself forgetting to be happy about what is before you? Do share! Thank you. 😉

Positive Motivation Tip: Be thankful for everyone and everything everyday… that way we never leave anything off our gratitude list.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Isaac&Jacob blessing and bouquet of flowers via Wikipedia. Stories: A Mother’s Love and What is Happiness? via Inspire  No Charge song via YouTube

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

18 Comments leave one →
  1. 04/07/2011 11:43 pm

    Thank you for the reminder. I do close off each day with thanks (well certainly 80% of the time) and always wake with gratitude and the decision that it’s going to be a good day.
    I am often met with amazement when I am asked in the supermarket ‘how’s your day been so far’ and I always answer ‘great – I only have great days’. Probably have me down as that nutty old woman.

  2. 05/07/2011 1:51 am

    That was a beautiful story of the boy and his mom. Sometimes we’re to busy trying to go by with our daily lives that we forget to say thank you on the people who had been great to us, who gives their love unconditionally each day and not expecting anything in return. It’s never to late to catch up and extend those thank you’s. great post.

  3. 05/07/2011 3:01 am

    Such a great, timely post! Thanks for these reminders. Those stories really touched my heart…..we should always remember to be so thankful for everything we have. 🙂

  4. 05/07/2011 3:13 am

    I remember the ‘No Charge’ song 🙂

    I liked your second story very much, and your blogger friend posed an excellent question.

    Good post all round.

  5. 05/07/2011 7:57 am

    Hi Eliz

    I think this is one of your best posts.

    I’ve been thinking upon something similar today, and there was your post. I was thinking about kindness in anticipation of cooperation.

    One of my sons (8 years old) absolutely hates shopping. He has to come grocery shopping with me once per week while his brothers are at their sport. He carries on a treat. I have been jovial, and kind, and patient. Slowly he has increased his cooperation to the point now where he insists on loading the trolley and bringing the shopping into the house. He still protests mind you. If I had roused on him or punished him he would still be moping and whingeing.

    The story of the mum and boy is like the story of the man wearing the jacket, and the sun and wind having a competition on who could get the jacket off the man.

  6. 05/07/2011 9:50 am

    I hope, you had a Happy July 4th Holiday!

  7. 05/07/2011 10:14 am

    Beautiful Eliz! Thanks again!

  8. 05/07/2011 1:23 pm

    thanks for the shout-out! May we be a people of praise and thanks-giving…


  9. 05/07/2011 3:23 pm

    There is ALWAYS something to smile about. 😀

  10. 05/07/2011 8:44 pm

    Ah, Elizabeth, what a great post – it actually brought tears to my eyes. I think I should print our the old lady’s advice and post it where I can see it daily: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less.”

  11. 05/07/2011 8:45 pm

    oops, sorry for the typo – should have been “print out” 🙂

  12. 05/07/2011 9:24 pm

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I do try to give thanks when I open my eyes in the morning and as soon as I turn out the lights at night.
    I read once that you should give thanks as your feet hit the floor in the mornings. I’ve been doing that since I read it, well, 95% of the time anyway. I also give thanks for my blessings, for the people in my life, for the ancestors who watch over and send me a nudge every now and then.

    I agree with the blind lady: our situation is definitely related to our state of mind. I know when I decide something, it happens. I try not to worry — I grew up with a worrier-mother and promised myself not to since it never solves anything. If nothing, it causes me to feel stuck and doesn’t allow me to think of solutions.
    Great post, as usual, Elizabeth.
    Hope you had a lovely Fourth,

  13. 19/07/2011 6:55 am

    love that story with the 92-year old woman. another good aspiration for the day


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