Creative, moving, thoughtful, sometimes hard to follow. Well worth the read.
I found myself crying on and off, through the first two chapters.
Basically the book is about how the author became a grateful person.
Instead of continuing to be a whiner. Never is enough. Something is always wrong.
The Biblical thinking is related, from her perspective to what when wrong in the garden.
Adam and Eve sinned because enough wasn't enough. Even though they had God and the garden, they still wanted more. They were "...simply, painfully, ungrateful for what God gave."
From there it went all downhill.
We too feel "everywhere we look, we only see all that isn't: holes, lack, deficiency."
But .... she learned "He means to fill us with glory again."
"Eucharist thanksgiving)is the state of the perfect man. Eucharist is the life of paradise. Eucharist is the only full and real response of man to God's creation, redemption, and gift of heaven." Alexander Schmemann
Eucharisteo = grace, thanksgiving, joy
"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world." Sarah Ban Breathnach
be intentional, make a list of these daily graces
gifts are graces
thanksgiving precedes the miracle
the discipline of thanks only comes with practice
thanks is what builds trust
thanks feeds our trust
the practice, practice of gratitude molds a person into a joyful person
"One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations." Saint John of Avila
God is always good and I am always loved. Everything is eucharisteo.
Jesus, our example, at the last supper gave thanks.
God is the God of joy and beauty behind all that we see that is so. Joy is God's life.
Faith is in the gaze of the soul.
"Nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
"Learning slowly to not be so reactionary while inserting verbal gratitude into stressful situations is almost like being healed of mental blindness. I have begun to 'see' again."
"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Control is psuedopower from the pit.
Anything less than gratitude is practical atheism.
"God created the world out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us." Martin Luther
Humility is the good humus that grows gratitude that yields abundant joy.
Gratitude for the blessings moves us to become the blessing. p192
"The work we do is only our love for Jesus in action. If we pray the work...if we do it to Jesus, if we do it for Jesus, if we do it with Jesus... that's what makes us content." Mother Teresa
"Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are ... a divine choice." Henri Nouwen
I empty to become full. Full of grace...to fully live.