I am coming to realize that a person really only has two choices in life – to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and a giving spirit or an attitude of bitterness and arrogance. I am discovering that a grateful person is a happy person, no matter what their life circumstances may be. I am discovering that a person who is hostile, angry, and points fingers at others is an unhappy person. I am discovering that gratitude causes a person to be kind, brightens the day and encourages others. I am discovering that people who develop an attitude of gratitude are healthier. In fact, I am noticing that all the negative in the world – angrier, worry, fear, hostility, doubt, depression, hate – is rooted in an attitude of ingratitude. Ingratitude is selfishness. Gratitude focuses our hearts and attention on others. Ingratitude wallows in self-pity and doubt. Gratitude rejoices the successes of others.
Today I read this quote: “Everyday gratitude sweetens what appears flavorless and brightens all that appears dim.” – Amy Leigh Mercree
That resonates with me.
Today I am thankful for…
… soup. I’ve been cold the past couple of days and I am grateful for the cup of soup I had today.
… the Holy Ghost. Today I had the chance to listen to His comforting whispers, a sweet reminder that everyone has agency and it is up to them how they choose to use it. That is always a great reminder.
… good friends. Today I called and asked a friend for a favor. She was willing to help. It is nice to know that there are people around who are willing to help when you need it.
… that I can be a friend. That same call gave me the opportunity to listen and to reassure not only my friend, but myself, that things are normal. Things are going to be okay.
What are you thankful for?