Some days joy greets me before my eyes open in the morning. Some days I am greeted by a sadness that walked me into sleep the night before or a new sadness I didn’t know was lurking.
“You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” (from a Ziggy cartoon)
“When we’re faced with challenges, gratitude opens us to a larger perspective that helps us more effectively address them. When we’re unhappy – depressed, angry, in pain-we contract. The simple practice of gratitude actually begins to relax the mind. Instead of seeing things from only one perspective, we become open-minded.” From Awakening Joy, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander.