saying thank you

       Complaining makes you sick -- sick of other people, sick of  yourself, sick of life.  Giving thanks (not feeling thankful, but choosing to give thanks) makes you more and more alive.  A thousand small times today, you'll choose between complaining and thanksgiving.  The choices usually aren't big and dramatic.  They're so small that you might not even notice them . . . unless you happen to be paying attention.

"Begin with thanking Him for some little thing, and then go on, day by day, adding to your subjects of praise.  Thus you will find their numbers grow wonderfully; and, in the same proportion, will your subjects of murmuring and complaining diminish, until you see in everything some cause for thanksgiving.  If you cannot begin with anything positive, begin with something negative.  If your whole lot seems only filled with causes for discontent, at any rate there is some trial that has not been appointed you; and you may thank God for its being withheld from you.  It is certain that the more you try to praise, the more you will see how your path and your lying down are beset with mercies, and that the God of love is ever watching to do you good." Priscilla Maurice (1810-1854)