I know I fall a little more on the cynical side of the line, because when I see titles like this, all I can think is, “You mean 7 habits of people with no problems?”
Gratitude is not like that, I’ve learned. Gratitude is seeing the positive in the negative. It especially means, do not ignore, avoid, or be in denial about the negative…but find a way to be grateful for the experience. Is anyone grateful for a messy house, or a slim monthly budget? Of course not. But we can find gratitude for people in our lives who live in our house with abundance. We can find grace in spending time with them building a monthly budget together. It takes time, and patience, but anything is possible.
With any exercise, it’s hard to know where to even begin. Fortunately, there are good people out there who want the attitude of gratitude to charge our days and enlighten our lives.
I’ve found that in my darkest moments, reading the silly thanks of others helps me to see the magic in the world again. Just because I can’t see the beauty of a dandelion on my own doesn’t mean I won’t see it when my kids bring me a bouquet of them.
People are in our lives and in the world to inspire us to love more: so let them!
This woman understands the struggle with gratefulness in a life of abundance. It isn’t the material world that brings you down, but the emotional toil which wears on us:
God has taught me time and time again, that by focusing on the many blessings he’s given me, those things I felt I needed, wanted, or had to have, just washed away…He’s showed me that by intentionally choosing to focus on the good, I can hedge myself against the fear, worry, anxiety, doubt, envy and frustration that can so easily consume me when I’m feeling vulnerable.
It’s not enough to challenge yourself to find gratitude every day. We must share this with the people around us.
No, I’m not talking about posting motivational meme’s on Facebook, or hanging a plushie sun from your rearview mirror during your work commute. Real gratitude is paying attention, writing things down, and sharing these revelations with our friends and family. Just think how lovely family dinners would be if we all talked about what we were grateful for that day!
I love this so much. I am so grateful for people who understand those of us who need a practical guide to gratitude.
Maybe for some people keeping a journal and logging the warmth of the sunshine will do it, but for me? I’m bogged down with lists of things to do, lists of things I haven’t done, and a mental list of odds and ends (“You should eat/shower/walk outside.”). So, I am grateful knowing there are others like me out there who need some help!