Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

attitude1This small change in our attitude is not always easy. However, it can be one of the most important tools to improving our lives and keeping a smile on our faces during difficult days.

It took me a long time to learn this lesson. And it’s one that I have to keep relearning periodically.

I was grumbling to myself on the way into work one day. I didn’t want to be up at that hour. I didn’t want to be there. I don’t make enough money. I wasn’t looking forward to my tasks for the day. Blah-blah-blah … I kept my internal gripe session going all the way across the parking.

Then, I remembered I should be having an attitude of gratitude. What? For THIS? For THIS job? Gag.

But … it could be worse, I reminded myself. I could have NO job. I could be working outside in the heat. (It was June in Texas). I could not have the ability to perform my job.

I turned it around and started listing out what I WAS grateful for.

Thank you for this job.

Thank you for the groceries I can buy and the supplies, gasoline, and meals I can purchase because of this job.

Thank you for my legs that work, which enable me to get to this job.

Thank you for my arms that work, that enable me to do this job.

Thank you for my mind, which gives me the knowledge I need to do this job.

Thank you for my sight.

Thank you for my car, which gets me to work.

Thank you for the house with its roof that keeps me dry and the air conditioning that keeps me cool.

Thank you for the dogs and cats at home that slather me with love.

Thank you for where I live, with no smog and blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds.

Thank you for my life and breath, there are worse alternatives.

Thank you ….

gratitudeOnce I got on a roll, the things I saw in my life to be grateful for rolled on and on. All through the day I kept seeing new opportunities to be grateful. (After an encounter with a particularly rude customer that morning, I even had a ‘Thank you that I’m not grouchy and rude like that lady’ moment.)

It was amazing. This literally changed my attitude and my life.

Do I remember to do this every day? No. I get busy. I get rushed. I get stressed. And before I know it, I’ve fallen back into my old habits. But I find that I don’t dwell there for as long. Something reminds me and I start my litany of gratitude’s again, resurfacing to a life that is filled with blessings once again.

Give it a try!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. utesmile
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 21:27:37

    Wonderful post, I am grateful for this post. Thanks for that!

    Reply

  2. trishafaye
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 22:04:58

    Thank you! It’s just a small return on the many smiles you have given me Ute!

    Reply

  3. Cindy Brown
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 00:19:45

    Yay, you are on your way to a less stressful existence! I have learned that when tragedy hits, I benefit by immediately looking for the “something to be grateful for” in it. There is always something. It may not seem like it at the time, but if you focus on what can be gleaned from a situation, you start to see things in a less stressful way. It does take practice, but I’ve been teaching myself this rule and it has helped me so much! Glad it worked for you, too. Now, if we can just remember to use this skill when we need it, right?

    Reply

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