Gratitude

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Kick Off 2012 with Project 365.

My Project 365:  To keep a “Gratitude Journal”.  Since my personal goal for this year is to live a daily life of gratitude and celebration of all the gifts and blessings I receive each day, it is only natural to make this project an extension.  Each day I will endeavor to record a post of at least one thing for which I am grateful.

In Living in Gratitude, Angeles Arrien states that the philosopher, Cicero, felt that gratitude was the parent of all virtues and that once gratitude is established in a person’s life,  it will beget other virtues.  She also quotes Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, as writing that, “gratefulness is the inner gesture of giving meaning to our life by receiving life as a gift.”

I find it is impossible to be positive with out a grateful heart and that a grateful heart is always positive.  I also find that a positive outlook leads to internal peace, joy, love, kindness, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control:  the fruit of the Spirit as stated in the book of Galatians, chapter 5, verse 22.

In addition, I have set up a program for myself of readings and meditations on gratitude.  The celebration will be continuous within my own spirit, but I also have a few other celebratory ideas circulating around my cranium!  Nobody loves to throw a good party like moi!!

Project 365 will be one aspect which will build to make my 2012, the best year of my life.  I invite you to please join me on my journey to explore the best life has to give and offer up your comments.  Thank you for reading.  Namaste‘.

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