while a happy man takes a walk

this morning, i read this talk. it was wonderful, and said many things that have been on my heart and mind lately, better than i could. so, here is some of it:
Those who live in thanksgiving daily, however, are usually among the world’s happiest people. And they make others happy as well.

Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration.

Pray with all your heart. Consider the love your Heavenly Father has for all His children. Open your heart to His cleansing word. Feast on the words of holy writ. Cherish the messages of modern-day prophets and apostles. Forgive others who have offended you. Don’t waste another moment feeling self-pity. Every day drain from your heart the feelings of resentment, rage, and defeat that do nothing but discourage and destroy. Fill your heart with those things that ennoble, encourage, and inspire.
i completely agree with everything that is discussed in this talk. there are so many things to be grateful for in life, and i realize that i don't recognize those things often enough.

i heard a speaker in church the other day tell of a unique challenge that was presented to him, a goal of sorts. two dear friends took that same challenge upon themselves this week, and even knowing what they've done with it has blessed and inspired me.
this is my little book that will hold my list!
today, i will take that challenge as well: i will start a list of 1,000 things i am thankful for. i will do this by december 1, which will help me reflect upon these things daily until Christmas season (what else could be a better precursor?) if you (you, reading this! regardless of location, religion, or any other factor) feel even a tiny bit inclined to do the same, i encourage you to follow that feeling and do it. what a blessing it is to recognize our blessings!
after all,
Not everyone can be a star quarterback; not everyone can be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company; not everyone can win a gold medal at the Olympics; but everyone—everyone—can live in thanksgiving daily.
 {via the aforementioned talk}
...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. {from president monson in this talk, which is equally amazing}


Jenny said...

Thanks to Katherine, I also read and loved this talk so much this morning. It is so true! It provided some great reminders of the power of gratitude and an attitude of Thanksgiving. It reminded me of you and especially that people are drawn to you because you do live in Thanksgiving daily and apply what is taught so very well. Thank you for your thoughtful post and encouragement and call to action for others. This will bring such great blessings to all of us who do it. Also, I love the picture of your pen and book! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

--jeff * said...

hmmm.... 1,000 things? i don't think i'll be able to finish it before dec. 1 (because, uh, my schedule is busier than yours....? yeah, right), but i will have it finished before i leave for minnesota.

besides, i've got a perfect book for it.


thanks for writing this. i needed it, not so much today, but now.

p.s. you rock my world.

keviN said...

read this post, and then was just reading in Alma 48 where it's talking about Moroni.. "whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God.."

so yeah.. it was fun reading this chapter thinking about gratitude. basically i've decided gratitude is one of the most hardcore attributes to have. from what i read, it seems like a good way to not have contention in yourself.. which sounds extra awesome to me when looking at it from a shaolin monk/kung fu/chi harnesing/ninja..esque perspective.