A Full and Thankful Heart

Humility and gratitude aren’t inherited. They both must be learned and cultivated. For me, I have to guard against feeling prideful and full of ego. I have not and will not accomplish anything in this life without the full measure of my faith, the love of my family and the countenance of friends.

For the athlete who thinks humility is another word for weakness, I say, being humble and a champion are only compatible if you place humility first. (Thanks Bill W.)

So, here’s what I read when I get too big for my britches:

“One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine—both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finally displace the natural tendency to congratulate myself on whatever progress I may have been enabled to make in some areas of living.

I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.”

Excerpt From: “As Bill Sees It.