Friday, May 31, 2013

Are You Thankful?

"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but parent of all other virtues"~Cicero

Are you thankful? Why?? or Why not? How often are you thankful?  Who are you thankful for?  Do you express your thankfulness to them?

We forget in our "microwave society" to be thankful because we are so busy. Then the holidays come around and we put our 'thankfulness' mask on and we remember that this is the way we should always be. Or maybe we really are thankful and it's not just a mask, but after the holidays, we slip back into our regular thought patterns...

Cicero, 2200 years ago laid it out for us. Not only "the greatest virtue, but parent of all others!"
Do your other virtues grow from thankfulness? They should. He is saying that we can have no other virtues unless we first have thankfulness.

For those of us who live in the United States, we forget how great we have it here. We are in the top 3% for income and possessions. Even those who don't have a lot, or have lost a job, even the homeless are better off than 97% of the rest of the world! If that isn't enough to make you thankful, you need to have your head a witch doctor in Africa!

Take some time this week and write down all the things that you are thankful for, especially those things that we take for granted...Like running water and indoor plumbing, like a roof over our heads, like transportation (even if its not a BMW or Mercedes).
"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but parent of all other virtues"

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