gratitude

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Strong, spring winds blew us into church. Most Sunday mornings I morph into a petulant teenager. I DON’T WANT TO GO TO CHURCH! This day, I plodded up the steps feeling extra grumpy.

Hubby and I were greeted with a big grin, and outstretched hand, “Good morning! I’m your hair-dresser and greeter. Let me check your hair. Yup! You’re good to go!” 

My mood instantly changed. This woman’s good-natured attitude and beaming smile were contagious. I don’t remember much about the rest of the mass, but I do remember how I felt after such a warm greeting. 

We are often reminded to be mindful of the little things in life that bring peace, joy and happiness. Stop and smell the roses. Slow down, you move too fast. Groovy!

It’s easy these days to embrace pessimism. The news feeds our anger and fear, convincing us that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. Daily life is filled with its own worries, sorrow and grief. Our minds race with worse case scenarios, shattering our calm and ruining our sleep. 

We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us because we do not give thanks for daily gifts…How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Gratitude. A simple and easy antidote to pessimism. 

Three months ago, hubby and I began a wee project. A gratitude journal. Here’s how it works for us. 

The journal sits on our dresser. Every night, before we go to bed, we each write one or more things that we’re grateful for that day. Feeling grumpy doesn’t give you a pass. It’s all the more reason to dig deep and find that positive nugget hidden beneath the gloom.

I suck at keeping resolutions. Making this resolution together has been a good thing, as we nudge each other to pick up the pen and get writing. Usually it’s but a few words. Sometimes it’s longer. Other times it’s a lazy “ditto”! The pages are quickly filling. 

We’re thankful for visits with kiddies and grand-kiddies, recording the latest hilarity in word or deed. 

We’re thankful for sun and warmth and green…finally, after a long winter. 

We’re thankful for leisurely meals on the deck.

We’re thankful for the pelicans flying over the marsh. 

We’re thankful for tasks accomplished. 

We’re thankful for connecting with friends.

We’re thankful…

And, this is a good thing. 

One thought on “gratitude

  1. Just found your Jan.21, 2011 observation: “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car”. Now, I am really grateful for that.

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