Holly & Heather’s Handy Hint: Attitude of Gratitude
We recently celebrated our birthday and sure do have a lot to be grateful for. Even when circumstances are bleak, there is always something to find room in our hearts to be thankful about. We once received one of those group email “forwards” that said something along the lines of, “Be thankful that you have all those dishes to wash because it means you had food to eat” and, “Be thankful for the traffic jam you are sitting in because it means you have a car.” Even little annoyances in life can turn into blessings if we look at the situation with grateful eyes.
It is easy for us all to take the ordinary things in life that we enjoy for granted. We can often wish for our lives or circumstances to be different or better. But when we begin to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, we start to see things in a different light. Even in our prayer life, it can become routine to “ask” for more, requesting change in our lives or the lives of those we love, instead of just giving thanks for what already is. It doesn’t mean we don’t hope for better things to come, but just that we are living in the present moment, enjoying today just as it is. When we start to appreciate everything around us instead of grumbling about what we don’t have, our lives begin to change, one small thought at a time.
What are you grateful for today?