Quick – what’s the quickest way to change your “everybody hates me, might as well go eat worms” attitude?
What do YOU do when you feel this way?
There are so many things people do when they feel this way. One of the ways that I have found useful is to have an attitude of gratitude. Why? Well, for one thing, it doesn’t cost me any money. It does take some time, but it is time well spent.
Of course, this isn’t an original idea. It seemed appropriate on this MDM Series the Monday before Thanksgiving to share some of these thought leaders ideas with you:
“I want to see beauty. In the ugly, in the sink, in the suffering, in the daily,
in all the days before I die, the moments before I sleep.”
Being thankful – grateful even – for “the ugly”, “in the suffering” – wow, that’s hard isn’t it? This reminds me of the song by Casting Crowns called “Praise you in this Storm”. We are called, per se, to see the thankfulness and the gratitude even in the hard or suffering times. One Thousand Gifts gives guidance for the things we should look for in the daily routine to give praise. Even little things like finding a good parking space can be realized with a simple, “Yeah God”. Simple? Yes. Helping us to develop the attitude of gratitude? Absolutely!
When was the last time you wrote a thank you note? Not an email, or a phone call but really taking the time to write out – in your very best handwriting – a note? Maybe its been a while, maybe it hasn’t but regardless, the story of how this simple act changed someone’s life is a pretty good story.
“A Simple Act of Gratitude – How learning to say thank you changed my life” is the story of John Kralik. He set a goal of writing 365 thank you notes in one year. The story of how this seemingly simple little thing changes his life is very inspiring. It has certainly inspired me to be more attentive to writing thank you notes. Another example of increasing an attitude of gratitude.
John writes, “At the risk of making an unscientific and directly moral statement, I will say that writing thank you notes is a good thing to do and makes the word a better place. It also made me a better man. More than success or material achievement, this is what I sought.”
Have you ever thought to pray using three simple words? Anne Lamont did and she wrote about it in her book, “Help, Thanks, Wow.” The “thanks” part of that prayer fits perfectly into developing the attitude of gratitude.
“Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all the has been given to you, in your lifetime and in the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back.”
I was so impacted by that passage, that I actually stopped to get a highlighter.
Go back and read it again
What do you have to be grateful for? At the very least, every breath you take in and let out – you have that.
That is a good beginning and I’m sure you can grow the list from there –
What happens when you start being intentional with your gratefulness?
Well, I’d be willing to bet that your attitude will change.
The Make a Difference Monday series is published every Monday. Do you have a story of someone or something you have done that has made a difference? I’d love to hear that story and publish it here to inspire others. Contact me at ThatMelissaThomas@gmail.com