Count your blessings instead of your crosses;; Count your gains instead of your losses; Count your joys instead of your woes;; Count your friends instead of your foes; Count your smiles instead of your tears;; Count your courage instead of your fears; Count your full years instead of your lean;; Count your kind deeds instead of your mean; Count your health instead of your wealth;; Count on God instead of yourself;
Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
Counting our blessings can transform melancholy into cheerful mass; laughter and joy are expressions of praise and thanksgiving for life's glories. When looking at the glass that symbolizes our life, we can view it as half full or half empty. The choice is ours... The more joyful we are, the more attractive we become. When we feel gratitude for our experiences, it becomes easier to see the good that always exists. When we give a smile to someone else, we are likely to receive one in return, and that smile reflects a happy heart that is open and receptive to what the good life has in store.
__John Marks Templeton
If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.