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“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

Inspiration: Five Things To Be Thankful For Today… A Thankful Tree…

Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
Traditional Reiki Prayer from Dr Usui.

Life – Today, I am thankful for life; for without life nothing else matter.
Family – Today, I am thankful for family; for without the refuge and love from family we flounder.
Every day, we have an opportunity to pause and give thanks for the things that make our lives run smoothly. Even when we are having a bad day, we can stop, give thanks for the good around us, ask for resolution or a breakthrough in our situation, and then, open our hearts to a new experience. Actually, in difficult, dark times, the road to renewal is wider and the grace stronger. Sara Ban Breathnach wrote her bestseller, Simple Abundance, during a particularly challenging time in her life. Things were so rotten, she felt compelled to find a ray of light in her darkness; something she could be grateful for… What do you give thanks for today?

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.”  Albert Schweitzer

Inspiration: Five Things To Be Thankful For Today… Barnstar of Kindness…

TODAY… I am Confident
and Strong.
TODAY… I am Happy
and Cheerful.
TODAY… I am Thankful for
ALL of my Blessings.
TODAY… I am Honest and Gentle
with Myself and Others.
TODAY… I am Kind
to Every Living thing.
Reiki Prayer from K. Scott Teeters

Friends – Today, I am thankful for all forms of friendship;for without the compassion and non-judgement of friends; close friends, bloggers, readers/visitors, and others, we might not see the road for the fog…
Health – Today, I am thankful for health; for without our health life’s challenges become greater.
In some cultures, when people recover from a life-threatening or long illness, the family holds a celebration party to express their gratitude. Illness can be quite debilitating, and most of us never think about it until we become quite ill. I want to thank my blog friends, blog readers and all my other friends for thei support; TY for the comments, blog awards here and also for the lessons learned from reading your blogs. The gift of friendship and good health are not to be taken lightly, as both sustain us and help us make meaning of our lives… While we are running around accumulating things, let’s pause and give thanks for these two special gifts.  More below… 🙂

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.” Thomas Jefferson

Inspiration: Five Things To Be Thankful For Today… Rest and be Thankful…

My Loving Father, today I bring You my worry, fear, and guilt
to place into Your Hands of Light.
As you accept my burdens, I feel the weight lift, and know that I start
each day a renewed person in Your everlasting Love.
Teach me to forgive myself and all others.
Teach me to accept myself as You do.
Teach me to Love as You do, unconditionally with compassion for all people.
Thank You Father for Your gift of life and Love.
Thank You for holding me safe and secure.
Thank You for being there when I need You.

Music/An upcoming concert – Today, I am thankful for the music I will be enjoying, for without music, the world would be a silent place.                          Music is one of those artistic endeavors that all of us can find pleasure in. Our tastes and choices in music might differ, but it is a uniting medium. When we think of music, we think of something joyful and uplifting. Music makes me happy or as some might say, music adds to our happiness.. I will share the details of my concert another day; so in essence, I give thanks for the music today and every day. Again, What about you? What are your thoughts? What five things are you thankful for today? If you could offer your service today, what would you do something differently? Where would that be? Do share! Thank you. 😉

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: Share five things you’re thankful for.

Positive Motivation Tip: For every thank you/act of gratitude we offer, it reverberates and we receive hundreds more than we gave.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS:  All Photos Barnstar of kindness, Rest and be thankful, via Wikipedia. Thankful tree by jenosale, via Flickr

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

53 Comments leave one →
  1. 30/09/2011 10:59 pm

    Thank you for the ping back. Great article! 🙂


    • 02/10/2011 1:26 am

      TY for your comment Tamana! Will stop by to say hello shortly! 🙂

  2. 30/09/2011 11:37 pm

    What a beautiful post and so inspiring. Thanks Liz

    • 01/10/2011 8:07 pm

      TY for your comment Walter… I appreciate it and I’m glad to see here again! 🙂
      TY everyone for your comments, I will complete my responses soon. I was offline much of yesterday and will catch up shortly. 🙂

  3. 01/10/2011 12:22 am

    I am so grateful for having a job and for a new place to live on Oct 26th. I am grateful for you ELIZ and I have learned so much from your posts. I am so happy I know the Lord and that good things are in store for all of us and we are all in a transition. Thanks for all of the wonderful insights, photo’s an inspiratonal messages.

    • 02/10/2011 1:07 am

      TY Jackie! I wish you continued success in all you do too. I am inspired by everyone here and I’ve learned as much from all of you. Thanks again for your feedback.
      Blessings! 🙂

  4. 01/10/2011 2:29 am

    “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” Albert Schweitzer
    yes I’m glad to have such experiences.

    • 02/10/2011 1:08 am

      Same here… I love that quote so much as it does confirm my belief in people’s grace… we need God’s grace and people’s grace. TY! 🙂

  5. 01/10/2011 5:05 am

    Yes, a lovely post. Nice and inspiring on a Saturday morning

    • 02/10/2011 1:09 am

      TY Peter! Hope your weekend is sunny and bright! 🙂

  6. 01/10/2011 5:28 am

    The human species has a great habit of wanting more and more, forgetting to be thankful for what they already have. The rest of the animal kingdom is not so greedy. 🙂

    I am thankful for lots of things……….. most of the time. I’ll admit I can be like any other human and sometimes wish I had………… well, specifically right now, a bigger house!

    • 02/10/2011 1:14 am

      Hey Robyn, There’s nothing wrong with wishing or wanting a bigger home. You do need it as the family has expanded. Now all you need is a home search, some funding, a touch/sprinkle of luck and the home will find its way to you at the right price. Now, what are you thankful for today… ? TY! 🙂

  7. 01/10/2011 7:02 am

    An attitude of gratitude elevates us. Thanks, E!

  8. 01/10/2011 9:55 am

    Love this post! I am grateful that today I choose to focus on the positivity of the Universe and not on what I perceive as negative.

    • 02/10/2011 1:15 am

      Beautiful… I love what you wrote… focus on the positive not negative. TY! 🙂

  9. 01/10/2011 4:05 pm

    I really like those reiki blessings. I shall copy them and place them near my desk at school.

    • 02/10/2011 1:16 am

      Glad you like them and we say them before we start a healing session. I love them too… quite uplifting. TY! 🙂

  10. 01/10/2011 5:55 pm

    “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” Albert Schweitzer

    This is a wonderful passage. To live in a state of grace, of gratitude.

    Thanks for an inspiring post.

    • 02/10/2011 1:18 am

      TY for your comment. I do love that comment too and the state of grace idea is equally beautiful. 🙂

  11. 01/10/2011 6:22 pm

    It is a good idea to contemplate what we are thankful for. All the little things add up to quite a bit when you put it all together. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

    • 02/10/2011 1:24 am

      TY Miriam… You are right about the small mercies that add up to huge blessings. If we start with gratitude for the small things, we see them grow… You know, I was at a recent workshop wit Louise Hay of You Can Heal Your Life fame, and she said that every day when she wakes up, she begins her prayers with an expression of gratitude for her bed and then continues from there… that is so Beautiful.
      Now I thank my bed in addition to everything else I thank… and yes, when I drive my car, I thank it too for getting me safely to my destination… 🙂

  12. 01/10/2011 6:22 pm

    Today, I am thankful for life; for without life nothing else matter. This is so true, when we stop to take a look, this is all that matters. Very inspiring post !

    • 02/10/2011 1:25 am

      TY Penny! Glad to see you… How are you doing lady? I’ve been thinking of your recent post and you. Be blessed! 🙂

  13. 02/10/2011 7:48 am

    Yay for reminders to always be thankful! 🙂

  14. 03/10/2011 3:37 am

    It’s hard to limit myself to five, but these are five for which my gratitude is especially profound:
    * My son
    * Motherhood (still fresh in my mind after yesterday’s Farrell’s trip!)
    * My home
    * My job
    * Lattes! (Granted, I’m trying to decrease my reliance on those these days, hee)

    • 03/10/2011 5:04 pm

      Great choices… the Lattes was a surprise. Do you really drink that much of it? Yours or from outside? TY for your comment! 🙂

      • 03/10/2011 7:42 pm

        I’m only trying to drink one of them a week now (either for a Monday boost or a Friday celebration), but there was a 5-6 week period where I was having them every day. The temporary “woo!” was far too short lived to justify the longer term “ugh.” 🙂

  15. 03/10/2011 6:28 pm

    Beautiful post as usual, Elizabeth. We have so much to be thankful for!

    • 04/10/2011 12:39 am

      I concur… so much to thank God for… 🙂

  16. Jimmy permalink
    25/10/2019 5:25 pm

    great post. and nice prayer at the end

  17. ellypaunoska permalink
    25/10/2019 9:04 pm

    Beautiful post as usual, Elizabeth. We have so much to be thankful for!

  18. myspiritualshenanigans permalink
    26/10/2019 5:34 am

    Aw, I always love little daily reflections on things to be grateful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
    26/10/2019 6:23 am

    I want to be thankful for basically the same things you’re grateful for. I am grateful for my LIFE and the chance to still better my existence in this world. FAMILY and FRIENDS who make life more meaningful. The chance to LOVE someone and be loved, even if relationships are not always easy. And lastly, I want to express gratefulness for the opportunity to SERVE as a dentist for the Lord.

  20. traciedwardsphoto permalink
    26/10/2019 6:37 am

    We have so many things to be thankful for its so easy to get caught up in life and forget.

  21. Viola permalink
    26/10/2019 7:30 am

    This is a great reminder before Thanksgiving <3

  22. ameliapollock147 permalink
    26/10/2019 8:58 am

    This is very motivational. I always come back to your blog when I need some motivation.

  23. You, Me and Benny permalink
    26/10/2019 12:17 pm

    I think this is a wonderful article that we all need to read more often!!

  24. Sally Pederson permalink
    26/10/2019 2:00 pm

    There are many things everyone should be thankful for. It is really too bad that people are so focused on things they don’t have and bringing other people down to try to make themselves feel better.

  25. Stephanie permalink
    26/10/2019 4:30 pm

    Such a great reminder to always be thankful! So well written!

  26. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    27/10/2019 9:58 pm

    thanks for sharing this, lovely captures & positive vibes shared in this. I am thankful I read this today 🙂 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  27. Ann permalink
    28/10/2019 2:09 am

    I always start up my day being thankful for another day and end up by thanking for the wonderful day i had. Everyday is a blessings and we should be thankful. This is a great read!

  28. Francisco permalink
    28/10/2019 2:39 am

    Thank you for sharing! Sometimes it can be hard to see the positives

  29. Cyndi Buchanan permalink
    28/10/2019 6:09 am

    It’s so important to remember the things we have to be thankful for. There are just so many reasons to be thankful.

  30. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    29/10/2019 3:01 am

    Such a great post. It’s so important to be grateful for even the small things of life. Gratitude is everything!

  31. Shoppers Gossip permalink
    29/10/2019 9:33 pm

    I am so thankful reading this blog post. We always have a reason to be thankful and happy everyday.

  32. 30/10/2019 11:39 am

    Being thankful is the greatest character that anyone can have. It is not easy to thanks every time. People always take things for granted.

  33. Amber permalink
    31/10/2019 3:45 am

    I remember these as Reiki principles. Chanting them daily makes up your mind for good.

  34. Adventures with Shelby permalink
    20/11/2019 9:44 am

    Always grateful for my community (family and friends!) ❤


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