Imagine for a moment one of those nights when you just can’t fall asleep and you have to get up early the next morning for work or a very important meeting. Your alarm clock goes off early in the morning, waking you from what little sleep you had. You stumble out of bed, have a quick shower, leave without breakfast, and off you go to fight the traffic on the way to your destination.
Does that sound like the start of a terrible day? Most would answer “yes.” The people who would answer “no” are blessed with a gift, a gift that determines how they view their life. These people live with “an attitude of gratitude.” For them, the situation described could be worse, much worse.
For example, think of the man who does not have a bed, let alone a roof over his head. When he wakes from what little sleep he is able to get, it is by the rain falling on his cold body. He, too, stumbles to his feet and begins his journey to work in his bare feet. His work is in the field of survival. He searches though garbage cans for scraps of half-rotten food to eat and odd bits of clothes to keep him warm.
We all have so much to be grateful for. Even in times when it seems that nothing could be worse, there is always a reason to be grateful. And when we feel a sense of gratitude, we feel a sense of happiness and peace. And gratitude attracts more good. There is a saying, “I once was distraught because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” – Unknown
For a moment, close your eyes and think of 10 things in your life that you are grateful for today. Perhaps you thought of your friends, your family, your job. Maybe you thought of the beauty that you see in nature each day, the wonders of creation… your pet, your favorite tree, the sun that keeps us warm. Hopefully you thought of yourself, your life, your amazing senses of smell, touch, sight, and sound and your ability to think and be creative. The list can go on and on.
When things are rough, and even when they are not, we can pause and remember our blessings and imagine what our life would be like without these things. You will be amazed at how great it can make you feel! Though Thanksgiving Day is over, let us take our gratitude with us into the Christmas Holiday.
Love and blessings,