Gratitude / Humility

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”- Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” –Dalai Lama

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” -Confucius

The second of the niyamas (personal observances) from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, santosha is essentially the opposite of desire, of lack, of feeling that we need things to be different before we can be happy. In Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar writes, “the yogi feels the lack of nothing and so is naturally content.”

“Today I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.”

“Lately I’ve been replacing my “I’m sorry”s with “thank you”s, like instead of ‘sorry I’m late’, I’ll say ‘thanks for waiting for me‘, or instead of saying, ‘sorry for being such a mess‘, I’ll say ‘thank you for loving me and caring about me unconditionally‘.” - Unknown

“ ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” —Alice Walker

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault

“If you knew your life were ending at midnight tonight, who would you still need want to thank, forgive and say ‘I love you’ to? Why wait?” – David Scott

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” —Dalai Lama

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” —Alphonse Karr

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, a house into a home, a simple meal into a feast, a stranger into a friend, a touch into an embrace.” – David Scott

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis

“I often wonder, on that last conscious breath, as my spirit leaves my body, what thought will play across the canvas of my mind. I pray it will not be about the meaningless drama of the day, or regrets about what could have been, I pray instead that it be a thought of gratitude and joy for a life well lived.” – David Scott

“Be thankful for what you have, you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey

Cemeteries are full of people that once thought they were indispensable.

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up. Jesse Jackson

"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

“An attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” — Yogi Bhajan

“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” — Steve Jobs

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking more than you need.” — Khalil Gibran

“Be happy for those who are happy, have compassion towards the unhappy, and maintain equanimity towards the wicked.” — Patanjali

“Falling is easier than rising.” Irish Saying

Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don't.

Life is so much simpler, when you stop trying to explain yourself to others and just live your life and do what works for you.

“True detachment isn’t separation from life but the absolute freedom within your mind to explore everything with no limits.”

Humility is the ladder to divine understanding.

Cemeteries are full of people that once thought they were indispensable.

“Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

"You are not truly rich until you have something that money cannot buy."

"Today think about all that you are, instead of all that you are not."

"You will know you are rich, when you find yourself content and happy with what ever you have."

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light." ~ Albert Schweitzer

"Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal." ~Mother Teresa

"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

"You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life; you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you." ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

"When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a wonderful place. The more you find to be grateful about, the more you find to be grateful about. Gratitude is a wonderful antidote to depression. It lifts you out of your small self and gives you an expanded view." ~ Unknown

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -Native American Proverb

"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship." -Buddha

Someone out there is praying for all the things you take for granted

“The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.” – Jack Kornfield

Many of us believe our life is defined by a series of big events. Milestones such as birthdays, holidays, graduations and weddings are what we prepare for. What I have found in my life, as I look back at old pictures and videos, is that it was in fact the small things that really ended up becoming the big moments in my life. Simple memories, woven together became the fabric of my life.

Son, be sure to soak in these moments, they go by so fast. Live your brief slice of cosmic time to the fullest with no regrets. Thank you for all the great memories you have given me, they have touched my heart and have given my life tremendous value and meaning. I love you so much son…


"Someone is in a hospital room right now praying for the chance of another day of life"

People inflict pain on others in their selfish pursuit of happiness and satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a sense of universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share. - Dalia Lama

Be strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared and be humble when you are victorious.

"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."