I threw open the curtains (expecting a sunny garden) and was greeted with rain and I thought,
‘Ugh, what a dull, grey day.’
Then I looked in my wardrobe and thought, ‘Great, I have nothing to wear’.
I looked at my list of jobs to do that day and thought, ‘Oh, I have so much to do’
I walked to the kitchen and looked in the fridge and thought, ‘Ugh, we’re out of yoghurts’.
I left the house and looked at my old car and thought ‘I’d love a new car’.
What a miserable attitude!
You’ll be pleased to know that I did actually notice how miserable I was being, and managed to snap out of it pretty fast, but it made me realise that sometimes I completely forget to look for the good that is in my life.
It’s really easy to get sucked into wanting to have more and then being miserable about our reality. That’s what all the ads seem to do to me if I’m not careful, but I suppose I shouldn’t really be surprised – after all they ARE designed to make us long for more. They tell us that we need the newest phone, or those ‘to die for’ new shoes and that miracle-wonder-scientific-breakthrough-longer-lasting make-up.
But what I’ve been realising is that we don’t really get encouraged to be grateful for what we do have.
So, the challenge this month is to have an attitude of gratitude.
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
WOW! I totally love that definition. It makes me aspire to be the sort of person that appreciates the people around me and the things I have. I don’t want to be someone who just wants more and more and more and is never satisfied, do you?
I’m guessing though that an attitude of gratitude takes practice – So as you get up, as you brush your teeth, as you walk, as you meet people, as you eat, as you rest this month, try looking for the good around you.
It might help to write it down -‘Today I am grateful that I have clean running water to brush my teeth’.
We could even encourage someone else to have an attitude of gratitude too by choosing to tell someone each day what we are grateful for, and encourage them to do the same!
Are you up for giving it a try this month?
Here’s my starter – Right now, I’m grateful for the town that I live in, that I’m safe to walk to this coffee shop where I’m free to sit and write. I’m thankful for this Fairtrade coffee and the people that worked hard to pay the coffee farmers a fair wage. I’m thankful that I have food in my bag for my lunch, I’m thankful for my Goddaughter who just squeezed me tightly and told me she loves me (it totally made my heart melt) and I’m so grateful for my friends who care for me.
Now it’s your turn to have an attitude of gratitude… Let me know what you’re thankful for today: @thekokostory #Imthankfulfor