“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” Lyndon B. Johnson
In 1965 the United Nations Meditation Group created World Gratitude Day. During Thanksgiving dinner the attendees pledged to hold a Gratitude Gathering the following September 21st in their home countries. This grew to be an annual event. The purpose was to express appreciation to individuals and to groups that have made the world a better place to live.
Take the time to show your gratitude and appreciation to the world and those around you.
Today is a great day for you to develop your attitude of gratitude. Make it a point to show gratitude to an individual or group every single day. I promise you, if you look for things to be thankful for – you’ll never run out of things to find.
Show your appreciation to the people in your life: your spouse, children, parents, friends and co-workers. Just by saying “Thank You” or “I’m glad you’re in my life”, could make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Don’t wait till tomorrow or next year, do it today and make a difference in someone’s life.
Today my gratitude goes out to the women before me. Strong women who made a difference in this world – such as:
* James Barry, The first woman physician in modern times. She had to disguise herself as a man in order to practice medicine. She became the first doctor-surgeon in the British Empire to perform a Caesarean section in which both the mother and child survived.
* Svetlana Savitskaya, a Russian cosmonaut. She was the second woman and space. On her second voyage – on July 17, 1984 she became the first woman to walk in space. She logs almost four spacewalking hours.
* Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in United States. In 1872 attempting to prove the constitution permitted women the right to vote, she cast a vote in Rochester, New York in the presidential election.
* Rosa Parks is said by some to have started the civil rights movement. After refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, she was arrested and fined. Later she played an active role in the NAACP and a spokeswoman for civil rights.
* Candice Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) after her 13 year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver.
*Jackie Mitchell, the first woman Professional Baseball player. She pitched for Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth – striking them both out.
* Annie Smith Peck, an adventurer – in 1895 She became the first woman to reach the peak of the Matterhorn. She paid for her expedition by writing magazine articles. In 1911 at the age of 61 she climbed Mt. Coropuna in Peru and placed a “Votes for Women” banner in the summit.
All of these women knew what it took to succeed and to achieve their dreams.
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This goes to show that regardless of your sex, race or religion you can accomplish great things and leave the world a little better than you found it!
I’d also like to say a big THANK YOU to all of my readers. You are a joy and if I’ve made someone’s life a little better – or more bearable, than I have accomplished much.
Happy World Gratitude Day!