An Attitude of Gratitude

I’ve never met a bitter person who was thankful, and likewise, I’ve never met a thankful person who was bitter.  Long ago I learned that if I was feeling resentful, bitter, or in a generally foul mood, I just needed to pause for a few moments and offer thanks for the many blessings in my life.  Today I’m not really having an “attitude,”  just the blahs: hot and humid weather, lots of small errands to run, more forms to fill out for grad school, dishes to wash…you get the idea.  So, nothing overwhelmingly terrible is going on.  It’s just one of those days.  Time for a mood adjustment!  Time for a gratitude list!  So, here’s a start:

  1. Freedom to practice my religion
  2. Wonderful husband
  3. Great kids and awesome grandkids
  4. Healthy parents
  5. Nice home
  6. My brain still works (as far as I can tell)
  7. I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste
  8. Food on the table
  9. Clothes on my back
  10. Car that runs (most of the time)
  11. Friends of all ilks, shapes, sizes
  12. Wonderful, flavorful, aromatic coffee…with cinnamon
  13. Books to read (an entire library in our home)
  14. Our health
  15. Freedom to travel
  16. Walks in the woods
  17. Bed to sleep in every night
  18. Music–all kinds
  19. Electricity!
  20. Flowers, birds, gardens

This list took just minutes to create.  Take a few minutes and create your own gratitude list and be amazed at how your attitude is lifted when you have a thankful heart.

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