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November Joy 6: Charming Gardeners of Our Souls
How to Express Your Appreciation for the People Who Make You Happy and Why It Matters
Glee greetings, dear reader, I hope this musing finds you well and happy. As we continue on our joy and happiness series, I want to share with you a quote that has inspired me recently:
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —Marcel Proust
This quote reminds me of the importance of gratitude and appreciation for the people in our lives who bring us joy and happiness. They are the ones who nurture our souls, help us grow, and make us feel alive. They are the ones who make our days brighter, our hearts warmer, and our spirits higher.
Who are these people for you?
Maybe they are your family, your friends, your partner, your colleagues, your mentors, your neighbours, or even strangers who have touched your life in some way. Whoever they are, I invite you to take a moment to think of them and thank them for their presence in your life. You can send them a message, call them, visit them, or simply say a silent prayer for them. Let them know how much you appreciate them and how they make you happy.
Gratitude is not only a gift for the receiver but also for the giver. When we express our gratitude, we also feel more happiness ourselves. We become more aware of the goodness and beauty around us. We become more connected to ourselves and to others. We become more generous and compassionate. We become more alive.
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So, let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Moreso, let us also be grateful to ourselves, for we are also the charming gardeners who make our own souls blossom.
Thank you for being part of my life and for making me happy. You are one of my charming gardeners. I hope I have been one of yours too.
With love & gratitude,
Jaachị “is grateful” Anyatọnwụ
PS: Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel “In Search of Lost Time”, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors of all time.
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