norman vincent peale
... a basic law the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for. This, of course, is a fact. Thankfulness does tend to reproduce in kind. The attitude of gratitude revitalizes the entire mental process by activating all other attitudes, thus stimulating creativity.
God in His answers to prayer often says 'Yes.' Sometimes He says 'Wait.' Often He says 'No.' In any case, His will is done, and true faith is to believe that what happened has happened for the best. If one does not take that attitude, he is setting his personal desire against the wisdom of God. Oftentimes we confuse with faith merely that which we desire.
John Burroughs, one of the greatest naturalist this country ever had, said he felt that there are just two classes of people in the world.... By 'the quick,' he meant people who look at the world and see it people who listen to the world and hear it people who get a message from it. The quick are people who are sensitized the send out antennae. They get the meaning of the world. In other words, they are alive, they are alert, they are vibrant. As for 'the dead people, while they arent dead physically, they are dead from the standpoint of sensitivity. They never grapple with ideas, or try new ways of doing things. They are dead in the spirit. They live on the surface.
Get the heat and emotion out worry, and put cold, ruthless scrutiny onto the problem, and worry loses its power. When we are worried and filled with apprehension, we become panicky and are likely to see only gloom and failure. There isnt any situation so bad that it wont become a lot better when you think rationally and spiritually about it. God gives you the ability to think rationally about things by filling you with peace and faith.