During this time of year, we often give one another the greeting, “Happy Thanksgiving!” For me, that greeting helps me reflect on happiness and gratitude.
Thoughts I have had over the years about happiness and gratitude.
From November 22, 2016
“I am grateful that I had the opportunity to participate a fundraising event for the Hawaii HOME Project helping homeless people get medical attention. Grateful to Dona and David Miller and Sandy and David Siemann for introducing me to this meaningful fundraiser that’s been going for 10 years. Pictured are Tracey and Tabitha, whom I met and are now off the street and back into a stable home! Now they have some art to enjoy as they move forward! This makes me happy!”
From November 21, 2016
“I was talking with a contractor in Florida the other day. We share similar views on happiness – it’s based on how we handle difficulties in life. He said, ‘Pain is inevitable, misery is a choice’.”
From July 4, 2016
“Happy Independence Day! Freedom isn’t free, if it weren’t for our brave soldiers I couldn’t be an artist and you couldn’t buy art. Happy Gratitude Day!”
From June 2015 (Regarding the unveiling of a tile mural)
“Wow, I’m all choked up with gratitude! And thank you everyone who could be there to share in this special moment.”
From July 4, 2012
“Independence is freedom of choice. As we look around the world, and the world looks at US, we all see the value of freedom. Freedom is respect for the individual; hence ‘Independence Day’. Happiness is gratitude for freedom. Be happy. Be free.”
From May 2012
“There was a time when I had conflict with a person. Through the power of love (empathy, gratitude, humility, forgiveness) I managed to turn that conflict around. Today, I am grateful to have the opportunity to help make the rest of her life the best it can be. She deserves it. Love heals.”
Gratitude Makes Me Happy
“Happiness is a state of mind that is fortified through gratitude and sincerity. Surround yourself with grateful, honest, and meaningful people and you will be happy – I did, and look at me, I’M HAPPY!”