Writer’s Quote Wednesday – GRATITUDE

9 Mar

Hello and welcome to my blog! It’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Gratitude is a feeling or attitude in response to something good. I also believe that gratitude is a virtue because being grateful is a morally positive character trait.

Some people . . . many people, spend their time griping and complaining about the objects they don’t have, and the places they’ll never visit, and things they’ll never do. They don’t put anywhere near as much time and energy appreciating the people in their lives or what they do have. I don’t want to be like those people (although sometimes I can be).

It occurred to me that we don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other huge holiday to tell others and ourselves what we are thankful for. I decided that today I will do that and I will begin with the so-called ‘little things‘.

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1/ Toilet Paper

Did you know that before toilet paper people used stones, pieces of clay, sponges, and corncobs to wipe their––you know? Ouch! Quilted Northern, formerly Northern Tissue, advertised as late as 1935 that their toilet paper was “Splinter-Free!” So, the first rolls of toilet paper had splinters? I’m so grateful for my soft, absorbent, splinter-free Charmin toilet paper.

2/ Bottled Water (clean water in general)

I don’t know about you guys but I go through at least 6-8 (16 oz.) bottles of water a day. I can’t imagine living in countries like Ethiopia where women and children are burdened with the task to get water. Sometimes walking up to six hours to collect water from unprotected pools of water that may be contaminated. I’ll never complain about having to go to the corner supermarket to get water again.

3/ My Bed

You’d be surprised how many people don’t have decent beds or mattresses. Would you like to know what it’s like not to have a bed? Go camping for a weekend––you’ll miss your bed . . . trust me.

4/ My shower (running hot water)

If people in countries like Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Laos . . . don’t have enough clean, sanitized water, do you think they have showers with running hot water? I don’t think so. I can’t imagine going to work with bed-head and skin that smells like night sweat. 

5/ My iPhone

I have books, news, information, weather and traffic reports at my fingertips! Thank you Steve Jobs! I’m glad you bounced back after being fired from your own company.

There are so many things I am grateful for, like my husband, family, my fluffy baby Scribbles, friends, online blogging buddies, writing, readers, the fact that there hasn’t been a hurricane in Florida in the last few years, my new house, Pinterest  . . . I could go on and on.

For those of us living in free countries where there is plenty of food, clean water, freedom of speech and religion, entertainment and beauty––lets stop complaining about the things we don’t have and live life with gratitude for what we do have, because if we think about it, we have so much.

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

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Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

What are the ‘little things’ you’re grateful for?

Have a wonderful day!

49 Responses to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – GRATITUDE”

  1. olganm March 9, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    Love the quote, Vashti and you’re right, we take a lot of things for granted that are essential and make such a big difference to our lives. Thanks!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

      I’m glad you liked it, Olga. This quote is a favorite of mine. You’re right, since they are always there we tend to forget that if they were gone it would be devastating. Thank you! 🙂

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  2. Natalia Erehnah March 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Great post. It is good to remember the blessing and conveniences in out lives.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

      Thank you Natalia. it’s easy to forget and take for granted the little things of our daily lives. 🙂

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  3. 1stpeaksteve March 9, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    Traveling really makes one appreciate how convenient our lives are…Even if you feel like you are not as blessed as your neighbor.

    I am also trying to focus more on solving my issues instead of focusing on what you perceive others to have. If you are busy watching others; you are not focusing on what you need to do. I am sure that a man like Steve Jobs did not spend his days moaning that someone else is working less than he is.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

      Hi Steve! I completely agree. I loved that you said, ‘If you’re busy watching others you are not focusing on what you need to do.’ You’re absolutely right. 😀

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      • 1stpeaksteve March 9, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

        I see this all to frequently in the workplace. It is crazy when you are trying to coach someone to lose a few bad habits and they keep bringing up other co-workers. This is not about them…it is about your actions!

        I never want to be in that head space.

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

        I don’t either. I think the people that live like that are not really living.

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  4. FlorenceT March 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    “Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Yes!! ☺💙

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  5. coldhandboyack March 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Very good points.

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  6. inesephoto March 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    Great post, Vashti! I am grateful for all the time I am given, and for all the things that you mentioned, because they save my time 🙂

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  7. bloggerlovestheking March 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    It’s the little things. I love your picture.

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  8. nagrij March 9, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    I’ll add one to the list; coffee, without which most of us would be shuffling half awake zombies. Because, the other alternative is tea.

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  9. davidprosser March 10, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    Heck Vashti, If I’m not allowed to moan, gripe or whinge anymore what will I do for a hobby?
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  10. maria March 10, 2016 at 6:04 am #

    Oh, bed! Yes oh yes. I love my bed so much that it hurts… 😀

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  11. Dave March 10, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    A beautiful reminder to be grateful, Vashti. It just lifts our spirits when we are count our blessings. And while we’re on the subject, I’m thankful for you. Take care!

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  12. Silver Threading March 10, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    How beautiful! I love your discussion about toilet paper! LOL! That is just the greatest. I am grateful for your laughter and fun writing every week! ❤

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  13. Euphie March 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

    Very true 🙂 We don’t need to wait until Thanksgiving. The more you show gratitude towards little things, It multiplies. I have been connecting with the Universe since a year and it has been a great journey so far. Thanks for reminding me.

    Luv
    Euphie

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  14. Sunni Morris March 10, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    Vashti,

    I totally agree with your list! I can’t imagine getting splinters in my backside and other places. Ouch! You’re right about people complaining too much. We have so much more than people in other countries and, yet, people are never satisfied. I count all my blessings because I know what it’s like to live with bare essentials and sometimes not even that.

    Thank you for this post. We don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

      Hello Sunni! Ha, ha. Yeah, I was shocked when I read about the splinters. Good for you, living with gratitude will lead to happiness. Unfortunately, what I’ve noticed is that people who have the most tend to complain the most, especially if they’ve never lacked anything. 🙂

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      • Sunni Morris March 12, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

        I agree.

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  15. Marje @ Kyrosmagica March 11, 2016 at 3:03 am #

    No. 1 really deserved its place! Stones ouch… glad we’ve moved on from that… your lovely post about gratitude really put a smile on my face.

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  16. Annette Rochelle Aben March 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    Grateful for the simple pleasures you spotlight. We are truly blessed to live where we live and to have what we have. I thank my life each and every day. ❤ I am thankful to know you.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 14, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

      Aww. I’m thankful to know you too, Annette. You know, when my publisher twisted my arm to start blogging I never thought it would be so much fun or that I would be meeting such loving, sweet and inspiring people––like you! I appreciate you. ❤ xx

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  17. dgkaye March 11, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

    What a wonderful post Vashti. It’s often the simplest things taken for granted, things that wouldn’t seem very simple if we didn’t have. I’m with you on the big 5! 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

      That’s exactly right, Debby, they wouldn’t be ‘simple little things’ if we didn’t have them. Glad you’re with me! Thank you! 😀 xx

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  18. jazzytower March 13, 2016 at 1:01 am #

    Love this piece. One of the things that made my list was chick peas:)

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 14, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

      For some strange and unusual reason (completely unlike me) I didn’t think about food. Shocking! I love chick peas too. Sometimes I eat them as a snack. Good one! Thank you! 😛

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  19. Mrs. AOK March 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    YES!!! I try my hardest to live life with a grateful heart, each Thursday I sit down a reflect on all the things I’m thankful for from the week, but there are so many other things I’m thankful for. We take the smallest and biggest things for granted.
    Clean water is one of those things we certainly take for granted, and as an American who pays taxes and trusts that that the government and EPA have your back you never consider not having fresh clean water…
    I’m hopeful we’ll all have clean water here and lives will matter over money. (Sorry I just went off the ranch on my own tangent.)
    XOXO

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  20. JESS44903 March 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    This post definitely made me smile! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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