Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gratitude and Generosity!

I read this article today on Gratitude and Generosity, it was great! Here is the part that I would like to share with you tonight, or this morning. (I got carried away with my creating of Christmas gifts and forgot to look at the time). Anyway enjoy this and I hope it makes you stop and think it did me. It is still cold outside, I hope all of you are staying cozy and warm!

Many of you have had the same experience I have had. And if you haven’t, you will: you will go to a hospital or to a house to comfort someone, and instead they comfort you. Or you try to encourage someone who seems to you to have so little, and yet they will express gratitude for things you take for granted.

To find gratitude and generosity when you could reasonably find hurt and resentment will surprise you. It will be so surprising because you will see so much of the opposite: people who have much more than others yet who react with anger when one advantage is lost or with resentment when an added gift is denied.

A poem describes that contrast: it is called “How Different.”

Some murmur when the sky is clear
And wholly bright to view,
If one small speck of dark appear
In their great heaven of blue:
And some with thankful love are filled,
If but one streak of light,
One ray of God’s good mercy, gild
The darkness of their night.
(Richard Chenevix Trench, in Sourcebook of Poetry, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1968, p. 396.)  
Henry B. Eyring, “Remembrance and Gratitude,” Ensign, Nov 1989, 11


"Remembrance is the seed of gratitude which is the seed of generosity  ~ Henry B. Eyring

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