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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Peace and Gratitude

September 21st is marked by the celebration of Peace Day and World Gratitude Day, and there is much to contemplate about both.

Many voices have spoken eloquently on these ideals and may their words and song inspire a moment of reflection for us all.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~Mother Teresa ~

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix ~

“Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace” ~Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy ~

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder ~

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein ~

“Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner ~

“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. We need to literally “count our blessings,” give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have.” ~ Shakti Gawain ~

“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present — love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure — the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach ~


BarryGillogly said...

Simple and beautiful...

arlee bird said...

These are all good words to dwell upon and to live by.

Tossing It Out

Paula Slade said...

Barry - My favorite(s) (if I had to pick just two) are Mother Teresa and
Sarah Ban Breathnach.

arlee bird (Tossing It Out) - I was particularly touched by the diversity of voices and the depth of their messages.

samwise said...

I like the Einstein quote a lot.

Beautiful Eva Cassidy video. She was so talented at taking well-known (even overdone) songs and giving them a whole new life and meaning.

Paula Slade said...

samwise - Einstein has always been one of my secret heroes. :) And, I totally agree with you about Eva Cassidy. I'm constantly amazed when I listen to her musical covers; her interpretations take on a whole new meaning.