frost on Roses

Some activities, thoughts or attitude have more power, more leverage than others. The greater the ripple effect, for good or not, the greater the power. Ingratitude has a tremendous negative effect that frequently multiplies its impact.

Ingratitude is an acid that gnaws at the social fabric of the human community. When you acknowledge the efforts of others, the kindness of others, you encourage the best in others, give it energy and strength. When you fail to give or show thanks, a tiny seed of ice is sown:

“Ingratitude is the frost that nips the flower even as it opens,
that shrivels the generous apple on the branch,
that freezes the fountain in mid-flow and numbs the hand, even in the very act of giving.
It is a sin of silence, absence and omission,
as winter’s sin is a lack of light;
a sin against charity,
which otherwise warms the heart and,
in the truest sense, makes the world turn.
– Ann Wroe,
author of “Orpheus: The Song of Life”

May/June 2014 

Closing Quotes

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

“(Some people) have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.” – A.H. Maslow

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” – The Hausa of Nigeria

“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it-would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.”- Ralph Marston