52 Favorite Gratitude Quotes

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I started collecting quotes in the fifth grade. Thanks go to my teacher then–Mrs. Voss who made me write “To thine own self be true” 100 times on the blackboard because I was late to class that day.

I was not so thankful at the time, but in the decades that have passed, I have now collected more than 1,000 favorite quotes on topics ranging from appreciation to wisdom. And I have published many of them in books including The Little Book of Gratitude Quotes, The Little Book of Quotes by Women, and The Little Book of Success Quotes. So a belated “thank you” to a great teacher.

Here are some of my favorite gratitude quotes—52 that I have selected to use as inspiration for the upcoming holidays and to use as inspiring words to live by in each week of the coming year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathy Welton

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Help A Horse Day Helps Us To Experience Wonder

Saving a horse will not change the world…But surely it would change the world for that one horse.

~Author Unknown 

Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County celebrated ASPCA Help A Horse Day on April 26, 2014 with a special “Spa Day” to treat the Rescue Horses to a day all for THEM.

This event was so special and the horses and animals were awesome to see up close including the “gentle giant” Clydesdales, the “precious ponies,” the goat (Candy Cane), sheep “escapees,” and the love of Ashland and her owner as well as the obvious friendship of the rescue horses Cowboy and Spice. I loved every moment that I was there that day to experience this wonder!

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3 Small Steps to Simplify Our Lives

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

business organizationSpring has sprung and what better time to make way for new and better things to come into our lives. By simplifying the world around us in just a few simple steps, we can invite more of what we value, get quality over quantity, and provide an opportunity to serve and support what is most important to each of us.

Here are three small steps that can make a big difference:

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The Year of the Horse…Gallops On

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Anything is possible. If you just believe.

~Author Unknown

The Year of the Horse officially began on January 31, 2014 and ends on February 18, 2015.

According to astrologer Susan Levitt:  “In the Year of the Wood Horse…decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction…. In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things.”

Whether you were born under the Chinese sign of the horse…or not, here are some things to do to bring good things to these magnificent animals.

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100 Ways to Celebrate in 2014

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

happy-new-year-fireworksThere is a holiday, day of the month, or monthly event to celebrate all year-long. Promotional opportunities abound whether you are looking to market products, organize staff celebrations, or just observe the wonder of so many diverse groups. Starting with New Year’s Day on January 1 and ending with World Peace Meditation Day on December 31–there really is something for everyone to enjoy and to celebrate. My favorite list of 100 annual monthly, weekly, and daily events (excluding some holidays) for 2014 is below.

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It’s Time to Be Thankful

Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.

~George H. Morris

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Sequoia (far left) now ready to sponsor looks just like Sirocco.

Happy Holidays!

This is a great time of year to reflect on how lucky we are and especially on how little things can make a big difference.

Starting with Thanksgiving and through the holidays, my thanks and gratitude both focus on animals.

In addition to cats–which I adore, I also love horses. Growing up in California, I was very lucky to share my life for a short time with an amazing Arabian named Mitsy and a gorgeous Pinto named Sirocco.

But living in an apartment in Chicago is not conducive to having horses. So the next best thing for me to show my love is to give back to horses in some small way this year by sponsoring a horse. 100% of the donations to Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County directly benefit the horses!

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