I love this line, which comes from a quote by Melodie Beattie:
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
And I would add this thought — that without gratitude, you can turn any paradise into hell.
Without gratitude, you will always walk away from the table still starving — no matter what measure of abundance has been laid before you.
every job is the worst job on earth,
every spouse is deficient, every friend lets you down, every home is on the wrong street,
every gift is the wrong size, every novel is full of typos, every mattress is uncomfortable,
every cup of coffee is too weak.
every choice you ever made will always feel like the wrong choice.
summers will always be too hot;
winters will always be too cold.
The music will always be too loud,
the movie will always suck, the teenagers will always be too rude.
people who vote or worship differently from you will always be monsters in your eyes.
Without gratitude, you will always feel you were born into the wrong family. Without gratitude,
the waitress will always be too slow,
and you will always get the worst seat on the bus. Without gratitude, every driver on the road except you is an idiot.
life is A Misery.
The alchemy of all alchemies —is gratitude.
Even if we learn nothing else, we must learn how to say THANK YOU and Stay blessed forever