Day 40: Thank you!

Today is the day, American Thanksgiving, marking the 40th day of our 40 days of gratitude.

Throughout the 40 days we have heard from many of you to let us know how gratitude has transformed your life.  We have heard of how it has touched you, and how it helped you to give to others, in richer and more meaningful ways.

To all of you who have participated in the project, for one day or forty, online, on the windows, on a card or in your mind, we thank you.

Today, let the following soul-stirring quotes provide 12  reasons to be grateful.  And let these first graders, in their eagerness to write down one thing they are grateful for at Tuscan Elementary, provide a backdrop for how simple but powerful gratitude can be.  Yesterday they allowed me to witness some of their mindfulness techniques in action. Today, I hope they bring a smile to your face.

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” Edward Sanford Martin

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” William Faulkner

“Gratitude opens the door to… the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe.  You open the door through gratitude.”  Deepak Chopra

“We think we have to do something to be grateful  or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being.” Iyanla Vanzant

“Trade your expectation for your appreciation and the world changes instantly.” Tony Robbins

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” Dr. Robert Holden

“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. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

“No gesture is too small when done with gratitude.” Oprah

“It the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you’, that would suffice.”  Meister Eckhart

“Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level.”  Shakti Gawain

“Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.”  Jack Canfield

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough.  You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it.  It is enough.”  Tony Morrison

What are you grateful for today?

11 thoughts on “Day 40: Thank you!

  1. Today I am grateful for Sarah, Chris and their family who take us in as part of their family every Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all the comments of gratitude I have seen here, on the windows of our stores and restaurants and at the libraries. I am grateful for the feeling of connection with all beings.

  2. I am grateful to have been an instrument and a collaborator to bring this project to our beloved community. I am grateful to have had the chance to CREATE everyday throughout this project. I am grateful to the strength and love of my family, friends whom we love like family and I am sending out peace to all..we are connected and through this project we have touched each other. I am grateful to alter my perspective and know that ‘the sun shines upon me’ everyday…and for that alone, how can I not be grateful when I am so blessed? Sending to all- only good things, many blessings and happy vibes, now and always. Happy thanksgiving. ~Candice

  3. I am grateful to have found such beauty, love, and compassion in the hearts of so many people in Maplewood New Jersey!
    I am grateful to have a lovely warm room, and family to live with here in South Orange at Jackie’s. And especially to Lucila for her vision, her practice, generosity and unyielding determination to practice gratitude, joy and radical patience!

  4. Today I am grateful for family…I LOVE when we are all around the table sharing stories, smiling, laughing, and eating! Grateful with all our family is blessed with and that we stay strong and supportive through EVERYTHING.

    I am SO very grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this gratitude project for the past 40 days! It has truly helped me in so many ways personally and has helped be to look at life through a different lens.

    Thank you Lucila and Candice for your leadership with this project…I LOVED being a part of it!!

  5. Grateful for this 40 day practise and for the way it made me mindful of my blessings. Grateful for my Mom being with us. Grateful for a date with my sweetie tonight.

  6. I really really want to take note of this particular
    blog, “Day 40: Thank you! | The Gratitude Graffiti Project” on my personal blog.
    Do you care in case I reallydo it? Thanks -Danae

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