The world breaks everyone or nearly everyone, of their childish illusions, assumptions and wishes, often painfully and afterwards due to the personal growth in practical experience, insight and the resulting wisdom many are strong at the broken places just like mended broken bones often are, and some people even have the great insight to be grateful for the purifying fire.
I'm relieved peeta's alive. i tell myself again that if i get killed, his winnings will benefit my mother and prim the most. this is what i tell myself to explain the conflicting emotions that arise when i think of peeta. the gratitude that he game an edge by professing his love for me in the interview. the anger at his superiority on the roof. the dread that we may come face-to-face at any moment in this arena.
Our enemies must not deceive themselves-in the 2,000 years of german history known to us, our people have never been more united than today. The lord of the universe has treated us so well in the past years that we bow in gratitude to a providence which has allowed us to be members of such a great nation. We thank him that we also can be entered with honor into the ever-lasting book of german history!
The world concerns me only in so far as i have a certain debt and duty to it, because i have lived in it for thirty years and owe to it to leave behind some souvenir in the shape of drawings and paintings not done to please any particular movement, but within which a genuine human sentiment is expressed.
To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kindness that stands behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. So start each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for. Your future will depend very largely on the thoughts you think today. So think thoughts of hope and confidence and love and success.
You'll never meet a happy ungrateful person, or an unhappy grateful person because gratitude and happiness go together. sometimes happiness precedes gratitude but often gratitude precedes happiness. the latter is achieved by realising things could be worse but aren't and so feeling relieved, grateful and happy.