We had some disappointing news this week with our son Hugh not being accepted into medical school and my brother Jack being flown to Alberta from Oklahoma for an angiogram and possible angioplasty. These are two of my favorite people in the world and they were hurting. I was sympathetic enough that several at the temple the next morning asked if I were ill and the matron suggested I go home. There was little that could be done for them from West Africa but I knew if I didn’t make an attitude adjustment and get more sleep that I would in fact be sick. I turned to the Conference talks, typed in “Gratitude” and spent the next several hours engrossed in searching the thoughts found there. When I finished, my perspective had changed, my hope was restored, and I could rejoice in Hugh’s eventual resilience and Jack’s love for life. Here are some of my significant findings.
We can lift ourselves and others as we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but is the parent of all others. Gordon B Hinckley
Gratitude is a state of appreciation, an act of thanksgiving which causes us to be humble because we recognize an act or kindness, service, or caring which lifts us and strengthens us. Ingratitude is the attitude of being unaware or not recognizing when someone has helped us and not given thanks. Robert D Hales
An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns but never looking up to see where they came from.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. Aldous Huxley
Those things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from others. Unfortunately, these are some of the things we allow ourselves to take for granted. To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude in our hearts is to touch heaven. Thomas S Monson
D&C 78:19 And he that receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him even an hundred fold, yea more.