Annie of McGuffy’s Reader is hosting Sparks, an inspirational and positive thought for the week link-up, every Monday.

“The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change.” ~ McGuffy Ann Morris

β€œThankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” Henri Frederic Amiel

Sparks Participants

1. McGuffy’s Reader
2. 15andmoewing
3. Sparks
4. Days of Fun
5. Curious as a Cathy
6. Sparks on Monday
7. Espirational
8. Monday Sparks
9. Nellie’s Spark
10. messymimi
11. Monday Spark
12. Sparks in Nature
13. Darla M. Sands
14. Comedy Plus
15. Canadian Cats
16. Ida P. Krause
17. Peripheral Perceptions
18. Patricia’s Place
19. Thoughts
20. Gratefulness Sparks


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  22 comments for “Sparks

  1. Ann
    December 18, 2017 3:02 am at 3:02 am

    Which in my opinion makes gratitude more valuable than thankfulness

    • December 18, 2017 9:52 am at 9:52 am

      Seems that way doesn't it. πŸ™‚

  2. December 18, 2017 5:11 am at 5:11 am

    They go hand in hand. Thank you for sharing this.

    • December 18, 2017 9:52 am at 9:52 am

      They do go hand in hand. πŸ™‚

  3. December 18, 2017 11:42 am at 11:42 am

    This Spark has so much truth and power wrapped up in it. It's one thing to feel thankful, but when we extend it to our actions, therein lies the real value. xoxo

    • December 18, 2017 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm

      Thankful is the start. We need to follow through. πŸ™‚

  4. December 18, 2017 1:39 pm at 1:39 pm


    Excellent "Sparks"! I wish this spoiled generation of "me-me" would develop a sense of both because they aren't thankful therefore they do not know gratitude. Thanks for passing on such encouragement!

    • December 18, 2017 1:58 pm at 1:58 pm

      Not all of them, but many. It's a shame. πŸ™‚

  5. December 18, 2017 3:39 pm at 3:39 pm

    This is a very important quote. I agree entirely. It is so important to do more than be thankful. Gratitude is deeper. Gratitude involves appreciation, and is usually a way of life. I am grateful for people like you. Hugs, my friend.

    • December 18, 2017 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm

      Thanks, Annie. I'm loving this meme every Monday. It makes you focus on the good. What we should be, not what we think we may be. πŸ™‚

  6. December 18, 2017 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm

    I never thought of it that way before.

    • December 19, 2017 7:38 am at 7:38 am

      That's what I like about this meme, it makes you think. πŸ™‚

  7. December 19, 2017 10:25 am at 10:25 am

    Ooh, I should work on that. I don't 'do' enough. Thank you for sharing.

    • December 19, 2017 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm

      Sparks is turning out to be a great reminder of the things we should be doing. πŸ™‚

  8. December 19, 2017 1:26 pm at 1:26 pm

    Love this spark as being grateful is such an important thing. Even on the darkest days there is something to find, even if it is just that you have a roof over your head.
    Have a really lovely week.

    • December 19, 2017 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm

      And some never see any good in anything. They are thankful for nothing. Have no gratitude. Never see all the blessings they have. πŸ™‚

  9. December 22, 2017 12:02 am at 12:02 am

    Yes, it's good that you show that you mean it.

    • December 24, 2017 6:40 am at 6:40 am

      Talk is cheap, but actions speaks volumes. πŸ™‚

  10. January 5, 2018 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm

    I love that quote. Actions go really far in helping people feel special or loved. Words can be cheap.

    • January 5, 2018 1:15 pm at 1:15 pm

      Words can be very cheap. Actions have always spoken louder than words. πŸ™‚

  11. February 18, 2019 7:49 am at 7:49 am

    Gratitude and thankfulness…two things that are even more critical to healthy living especially these days.

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