A Grateful Attitude

“Gratitude … goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen, priest & author


May you you have a blessed Thanksgiving, discovering the delight of the “discipline” of gratitude. I’ll see you next Monday, Nov. 28.


photo by Rob Vogt, taken at Bandon, OR (Summer 2011)
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  1. November 22, 2011, 6:54 am   /  Reply

    Very nice–yes, a steady maintained ebb and flow, like a heart beat.
    Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Jeanne
    November 22, 2011, 8:33 am   /  Reply

    What a wonderful quote, Beth. The idea of being thankful for all that I am and have…I like that. That gratitude is a discipline is true. We have to choose gratitude, don’t we? Like in 1Thes 5:17. Happy Thanksgiving! May it be a day of gratitude in your home.

  3. November 22, 2011, 8:48 am   /  Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving, Beth!

  4. November 22, 2011, 12:01 pm   /  Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving, Beth!!

  5. November 22, 2011, 12:56 pm   /  Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving and I love this picture. Very lovely.

    • Beth Vogt
      November 22, 2011, 3:47 pm   /  Reply

      My husband had a lot of fun doing the “sunset frenzy” with our friend Marty Osborn during our vacation this summer at Bandon, OR. 🙂

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