“It is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time.” ~Unknown

“If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies within yourself.” ~Tecumseh

Do I have any reason to be thankful? Hmm. What about the fact that I woke up in a warm bed and had a cupboard full of food? Have light at the flip of a switch, running (disease-free) water and indoor plumbing? Own more-than-enough changes of clothing, a car and a computer?

Do you realize that makes me richer than the majority of the world’s population?

Put in those terms, I am extremely blessed. I have been given so many opportunities including an education and a heritage of faith.

Yet, in my daily life, I often lose sight of this undeniable reality. Only to grumble and complain about traffic jams, crumbs on the carpet, squabbling children, and the weather.

Is it possible to adjust my attitude to one of gratitude? What if I listed my blessings? Counted the number of things that went right instead of the problems? Ended each day by writing down one thing I am thankful for?

At least I’d be a happier person. And I’m sure my family would appreciate my new outlook even more.

What about you? Who do you like being around more – grateful people or the ungrateful ones? How do they make you feel? Which do you want to be?

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3 thoughts on “Gratitude

  • February 8, 2010 at 6:51 am

    >It is easy to lose sight of all the reasons to be thankful until we look around us with "wide open eyes."

    Blessings, andrea

  • February 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    >Ah this is something I truly want everyday! To live with a grateful heart!

  • February 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

    >Thankfulness/gratitude seems to be my biggest gift from God. Somehow, I can really feel the blessings of orinary things and situations, and I voice it readily in my prayers.
    I have much work to do in other areas though, like giving more of my time and reading my bible more – just to name a couple – there's a lot more. 🙂

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