Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Gratitude

When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. "Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel witnessed firsthand the brutality people can inflict on others. He survived the concentration camps, saw things no boy should see, experienced the hatred of ruling madmen.  

And yet, Elie Wiesel has stood tall, a voice for what passed and whispers gratitude - gratitude for life, for living, for someone smiling at him and for  small acts of kindness. 
Wiesel emerged from the camp with gratitude and with purpose. While in the camp, he desperately wanted someone to help, to save and free him and the others. No one came. So he took it upon himself to travel the world wherever atrocities were being done, and personally take a stand against indifference.  

I'm grateful....

-for everything I went through, all that pain and darkness, all the loneliness and longing, b/c it's taught me compassion, and its given me purpose...purpose to share hope. 
-for life and living.
-for smiles and acts of kindness
-for all the good that still exists everywhere. 
-and mostly for Him in my world.....a constant, an anchor to hold onto and the source for everything good in my life. 

Happy Thursday, Guys!!!!!


Chatty Crone said...

I hate what happened back then - but the good thing - if there is one - there were so many heroes and survivors that have taught us so much.

Launna said...

We must never forget the atrocities.. we should however learn to forgive... not for them but for us...that is where our freedom lies...

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

So many heroes emerged from those tragic times and we are so thankful for them. It is because of their stories that we are aware of what really took place.

On this day, 9-11, I'm thankful for all our heroes, those who gave their lives, and those who are working hard today to keep us safe.

I'm especially thankful for our Ultimate Hero, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us so we could be free from sin and live a better life. Thanks for sharing, Nikki, and have a beautiful day.

From my heart to yours,

Daisy said...

Having gratitude can really change a person's outlook and perspective. Lovely post, Nikki.

Sharon said...

It is rather amazing to me that there were many people who came out of the Holocaust that were not embittered. Corrie ten Boom comes to mind. A testament to the power of hope, forgiveness - and yes, gratitude for blessings.

Thanks for this poignant reminder to be thankful in life.


Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Grateful hearts are happy hearts. I've heard it said and I believe it.

Crown of Beauty said...

Amazing post... so inspiring. I have never read any of Elie Wiesel's writings... would love to. Thanks for sharing this. I want to be like him. Thankful, not complaining... not demanding.