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True Gratitude — Showing Heartfelt Appreciation

More Than Thanking Someone — Showing Genuine Appreciation!

Image of a note of gratitude “Thank You”. With 3 daisies on the side.
Image of a Simple Message of Gratitude, photo taken by Towfiqu Barbhuiya from:

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity … it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie

The melody of life is sweeter when played with tunes of heartfelt gratitude. Life has cherished moments when someone has made you feel ‘special’. These cherished moments lifted you with overflowing feelings. Feelings that were more than mere thankfulness.

You were deeply grateful. Empowered by super-charged feelings from deep within. The music of your life now resonates with pure joy, love, and thankfulness. Simply put — Gratitude is Amazing!

Overflowing gratitude for another has often been a part of my life and I feel humbled by these memories. I am nobody special — but life has chosen to offer me times when just the right person was there for me. These times when yes I had cause to show deep gratitude. To people who took the time and cared for me.

For instance, as a mature-aged university student, I had a dear friend doing the same degree as I was. But one semester behind. We became ‘joined at the hip’ so to speak. I have a gift for remembering the facts. He has a gift for changing these facts into creative and captivating assignments. We shared many late nights and both gained very high grades.

Much more than this. He encouraged me when I at times was about to give up. To say I was grateful, well, yes! Did I show him, yes! In so many ways. We remained friends for many years. Gratitude was a gift we both shared. A gift that lifted the both of us to new heights.

So many things you have in your life to be overwhelmingly grateful for. Happily, we all do! Perhaps! The small gift your young child made for you at school, so many years ago. Still has pride of place in your living room. Your heart sings with joy and gratitude at the memory of the day he proudly presented you with his priceless gift.

Yes, you showed him all the heartfelt gratitude your heart could hold. You were both blessed ways back then. And you are doubly blessed. With the memory, you have deep within your heart.

Sadly, I have not always shown gratitude when good things came my way. When I realize this, I am saddened. It is even sweeter for me when I do remember. The melody of my life is bright once more.

A special something has been done for me. It has enriched my life. This enrichment was only made possible through the generous actions of another who cared enough for me to make a difference.

Image of Superman, photo taken by Mehdi Meddro

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We all would like to have superpowers, yes? Well, we all have one! Gratitude! Can you remember just how wonderful you felt when somebody gifted you with true heartfelt gratitude? A superpower, yes! Well, you have used this super-charged gift. And will use it again many times. We all have this super-power and we all will use it wisely!

Birdsong greets me most mornings. And, yes, I am beyond doubt grateful to wake up refreshed after another good night’s sleep. Happily, even though I am 71 years old, I am still very much a morning person.

To deeply breathe in the fresh crisp air of autumn in Moree. Yes, I am grateful. To be greeted by a neighbour feeding the birds and having our morning chat. My daily morning ritual of gratitude starts my day with a melody of praise to God the Father. The Creator of All. I pop back inside for breakfast and the start of another adventure.

Yes, you read this right! Many days of my life are indeed an adventure. Yesterday for instance. I finally completed another original seascape oil painting. To say I was again in paradise on Earth, well yes! Standing brush in hand before my easel! This is putting it mildly! I step back to gauge my progress. Is it going to be my best painting ever?

Not yet! This part needs more white to make the surf give the appearance it is splashing onto the shore. The sand needs more dark brown to give the impression of the wind blowing on a stormy day. Step back many more times. Make many more adjustments. I am never really satisfied. But, I have to take photos of it and promote it for sale on my website.

The time just flies by, I love painting so very, very much. I ignore the aches and pains of my complaining old body. To praise God the Father for His gift. Yes, with every brushstroke. Every time I step back and I am amazed yet again at the fact I did this. My ability to paint is indeed a gift from God the Father, my gratitude is in my constant prayer.

Image of Person in Prayer, photo taken by Ben White from:

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckart

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. Alan Cohen

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. Victor Hugo

Now I am going to shout, yes shout, my deepest gratitude of all. For being alive!!! Here in this very moment. To be writing this simple story to and for you. The whole universe was created for me to live in this precise moment to write this story. The whole universe, with its unimaginable size and complexity, was created so you could read, understand and benefit from my story.

Allow me a moment or two to explain, please.

The universe is the right age and size…

The galaxy is the right age and size…

The solar system ….. so on and so forth…,

Do you realize just how wondrous this is??? I for one shout to God the Father my deep heartfelt gratitude.

Gazing up at the countless stars on a moonless night. Who am I to be so blessed??? Who am I to be blessed with the inspiration of storytelling in such a fashion? Am I grateful, you bet!

You too! Life is a gift you treasure. Yes, it has trials and shortcomings. But, these too are treasures to unfold. Life is a gift to you and for you. It has many adventures wrapped into a parcel. A parcel of opportunities and challenges.

You and I sing our gratitude and the melody of our lives continues even sweeter.

Today I am Grateful, photo taken by Gabrielle Henderson, from:

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Aldous Huxley

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. Ralph Walso Emerson

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. John Muir

When I gaze at a magnificent sunset at the close of another day of adventure. My heart is again filled with gratitude which mere words cannot portray.

I sit for a few moments to allow God’s beauty to penetrate deep into my soul. I suppose it is the artist in me, but the colours! Oh! The colours! My heart is not only filled. It is overflowing!

I have captured sunsets in my oh! so simple original oil paintings. But only God can create such magnificence! My heart, soul and spirit are so tremendously grateful, truly grateful!

Again, I am at peace!

Inspirational Image of an Amazing Sunset, photo taken by Jason Blackeye from:

We live in a fast-moving age. The super-charged heartfelt gift of gratitude provides a well-deserved opportunity to pause awhile. We all do our ultimate best to live a life that is fulfilling. A life of benefit to others.

Along the way, life has indeed blessed us with countless gifts both simple and profound.

This superpower begins from the heart. Spreads joy as nothing else can. Gratitude!!!

Perhaps? A neighbour cares for your doted on the pet while you and your family go away for a well deserved holiday. Such a gift of trust! Your beloved dog is indeed an esteemed member of your family. Yet, no hesitation. Your next-door neighbour has been known to you for many, many years. Has kindly minded your dog many times in the past. You have peace of mind, your beloved pet will be pampered and indeed loved.

As a sign of your deep heartfelt gratitude, a souvenir from your stay away from is presented. And a great big hug on your return.

We all have many and varied ways of showing our heartfelt gratitude. Remember this is a true super-power! This act of compassion will empower both you as the giver and the person who receives it at the time. Plus, the double bonus is a treasured memory for both of you.

Life is a journey of opportunities and challenges. I have found challenges may be the times to sing my tune of gratitude the strongest. When a hard time strikes, as it will from time to time, a close friend makes all the difference. I sing to him my deepest gratitude. Then once more my melody of life is sweet.

Life soars to the heartfelt tunes of joy and love! Deep heartfelt Gratitude!

A Person Leaping in Joy!, photo taken by Austin Schmid, from:

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Diane Markey

Diane Markey

Professional Artist. I write stories about Inspiration, Love and Life Lessons. Written from my heart and from life experiences. Qualified Personal Counsellor.