New York Etiquette Guide

Why to be grateful?

Posted on Fri, Nov 20, 2009

Gratitude, kindness, respect, consideration, etiquette



                 Copyright © 2004 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.


Though there is much to be concerned about, there is far, far more for which to be thankful.

Though life's goodness can at times be overshadowed, it is never outweighed. For every single act that is senselessly destructive, there are thousands more quiet acts of love, kindness, and compassion.

For every person who seeks to hurt, there are many, many more who
devote their lives to helping and to healing.

There is goodness to life that cannot be denied. In the most magnificent vistas and in the smallest details, look closely, for that goodness always comes shining through.

There is no limit to the goodness of life. It grows more abundant with each new encounter.  The more you experience and appreciate the goodness of life, the more there is to be lived.

Even when the cold winds blow and the world seems to be covered in foggy shadows, the goodness of life lives on.  Open your eyes, open your heart, and you will see that goodness and kindness everywhere.

Though the goodness of life seems at times to suffer setbacks, it always endures.

For in the darkest moments it becomes vividly clear that life is a priceless treasure. After all, God gave it to you. And so the goodness of life is made even stronger by the very things that would oppose it.

Time and time again, when you feared it was gone forever, you found that the goodness of life was really only a moment away. Around the next corner, inside every moment, the goodness of life is there to surprise and delight you.

Take a deep breath moment to let the goodness of life touch your spirit and calm your thoughts. Then, share your good fortune with another. For the goodness of life grows more and more magnificent each time it is given away.

Though the problems constantly scream for attention, and the conflicts appear to rage ever stronger, the goodness of life grows stronger still,
quietly, peacefully, with more purpose and meaning than ever before!



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