Saturday, January 16, 2016
Attitude of Gratitude
As I write it is a little past 3 a.m. This blog was born a number of years ago when I frequently found myself unable to sleep. I seem to be in another of those sleepless patterns so perhaps I will use the time to write again. On this particular night night I have little choice of activities as I am away from home in a hotel with my family.
As I sit in the quiet my thoughts go to a recent Facebook post from a faraway friend. She is going to be speaking to a group on the topic of gratitude. The phrase "attitude of gratitude" is circling in my brain; my friend mentioned it as a practice. I am wondering how my life (and the lives of those around me) would change if I would adopt such an attitude. It seems quite obvious that we would all be changed for the better.
Immediately I am able to think of so much to be grateful for. So what if I cannot sleep! I'm sitting in a warm hotel room; I enjoyed an abundant dinner last night; my family is healthy. These simple thoughts easily and immediately spiral to so many things I have to be grateful for!
Also on Facebook, a friend shared a writing from another friend who had recently left her youngest child at college. It was a very moving piece about the sadness of no more children at home. That day is still future for me but I do know that it will arrive all too quickly. Thinking of this allowed me to be grateful for my children even when they were needing a referee earlier.
My first taste of practicing gratitude is shockingly easy and oh-so-pleasant. This could and should be a wonderful new beginning!