|A Gift of Gratitude
Passing it Forward
The experiences I had
at Los Altos High School, both good and bad, were valuable in my
continuing to learn and become the person I am today. After
these fifty years, I feel a deep and abiding GRATITUDE to the teachers
who taught me and to the classmates with whom I interacted.
my daughter went to Los Altos High School, I volunteered in some of her
classes. Now I live far away, and there is no longer anything I
can do directly to "pass it forward" to the school and to today's
on the occasion of the 50th Reunion of our graduation class, I plan to
give a monetary gift to the school. I'm not a wealthy person, so
it will not be a huge amount -- but any amount will allow me to express
are many areas one could choose to specifiy -- the Principal's
Discretionary Fund (scholarships for special events) or the Associated
Student Body Fund, the Library or the Music Program appeal to
me. The atheletic programs would appeal to others.
plan to give my own gift when we take the tour of Los Altos High School
on Friday, September 24, 2010. If any of you are moved to give
your own gift to Los Altos High School -- that time or any other time would be
a good time.
|Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
~Jean Baptiste Massieu
the bridge that carried you over. ~George
eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
I would maintain that thanks are
the highest form of thought; and that
is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K.
can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are
conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder
is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and
discharged and used up in order to exist at all. ~William
I have a desire to do something in return.
thanks. To give thanks. Give things. Give thoughts. Give love. So
gratitude becomes the gift, creating a cycle of giving and receiving,
the endless waterfall. Filling up and spilling over… perhaps not even
to the giver but to someone else, to whoever crosses one’s path. It is
the simple passing on of the gift.
~ Elizabeth Bartlett, heart transplant recipient
If the only prayer you said in your whole
life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have
helped you. ~John E. Southard
you have lived, take thankfully the past. ~John Dryden
what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true
measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser
you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will
change your life mightily. ~Gerald Good
often take for granted the very things that most deserve our
gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick
gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not
giving it. ~William Arthur Ward