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Peace via Gratitude

Received this AMAZING QUOTE by Gilda Radner in my inbox via Thoughtful Mind:

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.”

Totally in love with the colors of these Easter flowers. Can’t wait to plant them outdoors for next year!

This got me thinking. I know very little about Gilda Radner. She had a flourishing career on Saturday Night Live, and was married to Gene Wilder who supposedly loved her very much. (He probably still does.)

Life hit her.


Cancer doesn’t care who you are or about what’s going on in your life.

The little I read suggests she chose to make the best of it, until her short life came to its close. (She died at 43.)

Flexibility is key, folks. Life happens. People—kids included—do what they do. (Sometimes it stinks.) We roll with it and experience some modicum of peace, or fight with it and spend many of our days feeling miserable, resentful, cheated, hopeless—you name it.

Regardless of your situation, name ONE thing for which to be grateful. It can be big (that promotion you just got) or not-so-big (the thoughtfulness behind the ceramic loon your 8-year-old spent his money on at the flea market, figuring you’d love it 😉 ).


Make thankfulness a habit. Challenge yourself to name two things. Five. (You get the idea.) Miring oneself in gratitude—despite the stuff life brings—makes it really hard to stay sad. Just MHO and just sayin.’

“A man is as happy as he makes up his mind to be.” Abraham Lincoln. (I’m thinking this applies to women too! 😉 )

How do you practice gratitude and/or flexibility? Does either or both bring you peace? Share about it in the comments. You might just inspire someone else.

Have an inspired day,


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15 thoughts on “Peace via Gratitude

  1. It sounds corny, but every morning, usually while I’m in the shower and my mind’s a-churning, I make myself come up with three things I’m grateful for. Never fails to put life in perspective and raise my outlook for the day. Until I turn on the depressing news, that is…


    1. I leave the news to Hubby. I start the day with a general prayer of thnx. I heard once, one can’t be negative when one is grateful. Works for me. Not corny, by my book. Thnx, Carrie.

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  2. Great post, Joanne! Every morning I start with a list of things I’m grateful for. The first one being waking up healthy. There is always something to be grateful for. Like your blog post. Enjoy your day.


    1. Not sure how I missed your comment before, Stacey. Thank you.

      Someone who can see even the littlest things for which to be grateful most likely has a peaceful, content heart, no matter the circumstance. That doesn’t mean one lacks for challenges. It’s perspective that makes all the difference. My waking thought is “Thank you, Lord, for this day.” Be well!


  3. Lovely lines you have used in the first paragraph…not knowing what is coming next and life is about not knowing, this unknown and uncertainty makes life so fascinating to explore new things and expand our horizon of thinking, if things in life would have been predictable and only routine it would definitely not been interesting journey to go through…but with these uncertainties and unpredictability comes the risk and the challenges we need to face and make best use of these as opportunity to do something new and different.
    Such beautiful flowers…

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    1. Thank you, Nihar. As in fiction writing, suspense drives the plot. I suspect we got that from life’s unpredictability. Keeps one guessing, stimulated and never bored. 😉

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      1. Life intrinsically is dynamic, and life is growth, the moment we stop or stagnate, we are lost, we need to embrace the uncertainties and the unexpected aspects of life and live life with its ups and downs…we cannot chart the course the way we want it to , we can work what we can…rest is destiny…many don’t belief but that’s how life is.


        1. Not sure how much is predestined. Much of our destiny, IMHO, is the result and/or consequence of the choices we make, the actions we take.

          BUT: Too many external factors our beyond our control. That’s the unexpected. What you refer to as living life with its ups and downs is what I call living life on life’s terms. It is, by all means, dynamic. 😉

          When we embrace life’s terms, and choose to see them from a positive perspective, then peace is a much more attainable state of being.

          Thank you for your insightful comment!

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          1. Very true, I strongly believe that life is in our control and we can do what we want to achieve in our life. But it dose happen when things just goes out of control and we don’t know what to do and how to come out the problem, and we just wait for things to change…I agree when embrace life’s terms and be positive, we see things in out control. Perhaps when we cannot change or when things just doesn’t follow our expectation and aspiration we easily attribute it to the destiny, we need some recourse to our failure and we put it in hands of destiny.
            My pleasure.


          2. With time, situations somehow work themselves out. Taking a step back helps one gain perspective on if/when to take action and what to do. Sometimes, the best action is NOT to act. Thnx!

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