At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us. 1
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind.
She hated everyone,
except her loving boyfriend.
He was always there for her.
And she told her boyfriend,
'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'
someone donated a pair of eyes to her.
When the bandages came off,
she was able to see everything,
including her boyfriend.
He asked her,
'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?'
The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind.
The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her.
She hadn't expected that.
The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her to refuse to marry him.
Her boyfriend left in tears
and days later wrote a note to her saying:
'Take good care of your eyes, my dear,
for before they were yours,
they were mine.'
This is how the human brain often works
when our status changes.
Only a very few remember
what life was like before,
and who was always by their side
in the most painful situations.
Life is a Gift, so today . . .
Before you say an unkind word
think of someone who can't speak.
Before you say an unkind word to someone,
put yourself in that person's position
and ask if you would want someone to say that to you.
Before you complain about the taste of your food
think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain of not having “enough”
think of someone who's begging on the street
Before you complain about your mate or partner
think of someone who's crying out for a companion.
Before you complain of being ugly
think of someone who's actually in the worst of states of life
Before you complain about life
think of someone who left this world too early;
then make a life for yourself,
instead of complaining and waiting for someone else to bring it.
Before you complain about your children
think of someone who desires children
but is barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house
someone didn't clean or sweep
think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive
think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job
think of the unemployed, the disabled,
and those who wish they had your job.
Before you think of pointing the finger
or condemning another
remember there’s not one of us without faults
and we’re all accountable
You don't love someone because they're beautiful.
they're beautiful because you love them.
It's true you don't know what you've got until it’s gone,
but its also true you don't know what you've been missing until it arrives!
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down
put a smile on your face and think:
you're alive and still around.
Does this mean you have to “accept” what you have?
Not at all – just think . . . then do. 2
Life is a gift
Live it . . .
Enjoy it . . .
Celebrate it . . .
and fulfill it.
And while you are at it
give love to someone today
Love someone with what you do
and the words you say
Love is not meant to be kept locked inside of us and hidden.
So give it away
Treat people as if they were
what they ought to be
and you help them to become
what they are capable of being. 3
There comes a point in your life when you realize:
Who never did,
Who won't anymore . . .
And who always will.
So, don't worry about people from your past,
There's a reason why they didn't make it to your future.
Gratitude shapes who I am
and is my daily life practice.
My glass is always half full,
and am working on it being overflowing.
This is my choice. 4
May kindness always begin with you
and may the ripple
that you cast upon the pond of the universe
be one of kindness, peace and love!
Think! Before You Do.
Give Love to someone today!
There is no “try”
Only “Do”. 5
An Attitude Of Gratitude
From Dawn Cove Abbey
Roadside Assistance For Your Journey Through Life
* The Road less Travelled - a selection from, "One! The
Journey hOMe" - by Klaas Tuinman MA, ©2007-17
 ~Albert Schweitzer
 -An Attitude of Gratitude ~Unknown
 ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Based on a contribution by Joan Amirault