What are you grateful for?

November 29, 2016

“Gratitude improves your attitude, dude!”  (James Taylor), as seen on a recent post at the Jack’s Winning Words blog.

When you get older even things like waking up for another day can be something that one gratitude-1is grateful for. Being grateful is a realization and acknowledgement that the things that happen to us, the experiences that we have and the successes that we experience in life are not totally within our control. Other powers, or other people, have a causal effect on our lives. When you can acknowledge that, the veil of feeling alone in this world is lifted and your gratitude improves your attitude, dude.

When we can put aside ego for a moment and acknowledge and be grateful for those other people and that higher power, we are embracing the fact that we are part of something greater than ourselves; we are a part of society, a member of the pack called “We”. There is some reward in saying “I” did it; but there is a much greater feeling of goodness when you can say “We” did it. It is much more rewarding to thanks and hug others and receive hugs for having accomplished something together than to sit alone and ponder your success. Gratitude improves your attitude, dude.

gratitude-3Beyond acknowledging and being grateful for the help of others, there is the awareness that a higher power is at work in the world and does not ignore you. You may call out for help in prayer to God or you may thank God for saving your bacon today; in either case you are stepping back from your own ego and acknowledging God and showing gratitude for His presence in your life. A secondary benefit of thanking God in prayer for what he has already done for you is the comforting feeling that you’ll get that the future will be OK too, because He will be with you then, too. Gratitude improves your attitude, dude.

We are in the season when people overload on Hallmark Channel feel-good movies and shows and all of the classics from Miracle on 34th Street to Charlie Brown’s Christmas. In every happy ending to those stories there is a group acknowledgement of gratitude for each other and for God and the spirit of Christmas as expressed in the manger in attitude-2Bethlehem. Every Christmas story ends with a group hug and cheerful attitudes as the characters acknowledge and are grateful for the birth of Jesus and His lasting impact on their lives. What are you grateful for this year? Think about it and then say it our loud. It will make you feel better to do that, because gratitude improve your attitude, dude.

Have a grateful week ahead!

Thanks to you, my readers….

November 28, 2013

I was looking at quotes earlier this morning about giving thanks and having gratitude. A couple stood out

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  – G.B. Stern

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed.  If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.  – Robert Brault

I suspect that too many, like me, forget to express the thanks that we might feel towards the people who deserve to be thanked for something that they have done to make our lives better.  It could be a little thing like holding a door open for someone or stepping aside to let them pass, because they are in a hurry. It could be much bigger things, like visiting a sick friend in the hospital or taking a meal to a shut in. There are so many opportunities in life to say “Thanks” to someone.

I wanted to take the opportunity today, on our national holiday of thanks giving to say thanks to my readers, the people who follow this blog and who occasionally send me comments or tell me that they like it when I see them.  People who write blog posts usually enjoy the act of writing, but they also hope that someone else enjoys reading it, too. So, thank you for taking the time to read what I’ve had to say over the past year. I hope that you’ll continue to follow my blog and let me know what you think when I see you or via messages.

I also wanted to encourage you to give voice to your gratitude on this day and every day. It doesn’t  take a lot of time or effort to say “thank you” to someone for whatever kindness they have extended to you. You’ll feel better about it and they will, too.

Finally, I stumbled across a little saying that sums up best why expressing gratitude can make one feel so good. It comes from the best place –

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. – Anonymous

Have a great Thanksgiving and make the giving of thanks to others a part of your day every day.