Two Little Birds by Quint Meza

Look how the smaller birds greet the sun, with so much merry chirruping and
so much outpouring of song! It is their way of expressing worship for the only
Light they can know, an outer one. But man can also know the inner Sun,
the Light of the Overself. How much more reason has he to chirp and sing
than the little birds! Yet how few man feel gratitude for such privilege.

                — Paul Brunton (1898-1981)
                     Notebooks of Paul Brunton: Perspectives (1984), p. 225

On December 4, 2005, a good friend sent me an email to check out and getting their free emails of inspiration for 42 days.
I enjoyed the flash video which has many sacred symbols worthy of contemplation. The daily emails were quite inspirational, and I began compiling quotes on gratitude. Soon I was going through Book of Psalms collecting thankfulness quotes from King David and the Epistles of Saint Paul. Next I looked up some of my favorite poets writing on the theme of gratitude, as well as artworks depicting prayer which I linked on the web. Along the way, I found essays and resources on gratitude. So this mini-book on "Gratitude" grew like a magical tree. I've learned much while compiling this volume as if I were gathering fruits of wisdom to share with my readers.

The January 2, 2006 email from was titled "Hidden Clues of Gratitude" with Michelangelo's painting of "God Creating Adam" from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. The surprise revelation is that the "GoGratitude logo" with the "g in the circle" resembles the whorls in our fingertips! Just look! Michaelangelo's God is motioning to Adam: "Look at your fingerprints." Many years ago, after attending a Stanford lecture on "Michelangelo Rediscovered— Restoration of the Sistine Chapel Frescoes", I had a similar revelation on this painting which inspired the poem "The Distance of Creation" (October 24, 1992).

Plato knew about gratitude when he said: "From the gods a gift to the human race: thus I reckon the gift of seeing the One in the many and the many in the One." (Philebus 16d). May we do likewise in humbleness that the Great Spirit is ever present within and around us filling our everyday lives with abundant gifts of blessings.

                                                                            Peter Y. Chou
                                                                            March 20, 2006
                                                                            Vernal Equinox

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