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A New Kind of Gratitude

I just finished reading an article about Leah Dieterich who wrote a book called,  http://www.thxthxthx.com. In it she writes about how grateful she is about everything. Apparently her mom taught her at an early age that she should write thank you notes. She has taken this concept one step further and writes thank you notes to all kinds of people, objects, ideas, places and things. Her writing is whimsical, yet literal and her gratefulness shows through in each one of her entries, even when a bit on the satirical side. I was impressed, yes even inspired, so inspired that I want to dedicate today’s blog to some off the wall situations I am grateful for.

I am grateful that my sister is able to be at home and not in the hospital because the medicine she is taking via a pic line is working. I am grateful that she isn’t in pain and that she can be in the familiar surroundings of her home with her husband and other family members.

I am grateful for my husband, who is disabled and yet he comes to work every day, seven days a week. I am grateful for his love for our business and his willingness to work so hard.

I am grateful for the business tenets we have in the front of our building. I am grateful for the work they do to enhance the value of my building. I am grateful that they water the flowers and shrubs, even when I was going to do it anyway, but hadn‘t gotten around to it yet.

I am grateful for my mom who brought over a couple Boson Heads to hang on the wall. They were both broken but I know she meant well. She knows how much I love them.

I am grateful that my daughter and her family are coming down from Boston later this month for a visit. I won’t see as much of them as the rest of my family will, but a little time is better than no time.

I am grateful for my friend George who offered to come and weed eat in front of my shoppe and spray weed killer. When he offers to help like this he seldom show up. He didn’t show up today, but someone else did and so the job got done anyway.

I am grateful for my friend Ron who always shows up when he says he will and helps me more than he should, but I know he loves what he is doing.

I am grateful for my friend Shane who has done so much work for us. I am trying to get some paid work for him. He is a great guy. Anyone need work done?

I am grateful for my friend who works at the quilt shoppe. She has a hard time accepting a co-worker. Even when I remind her that God loves them both equally, she still can’t find it in her heart to accept her. It makes me laugh a little because she is so willing to harbor anger and resentment when with a bit of an attitude adjustment they could become fast friends. I like them both, their “friendship“ keeps me on my toes.

We all have so many things to be grateful for. We just need to look around. Leah has opened my eyes to a brand new method of being grateful and I think I’m in love.

Love and gratitude,

Katie

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It all Starts with an Attitude of Gratitude

My life reflects my thoughts. If I am happy and upbeat then I see opportunity and grace everywhere. If my day starts off with a mishap, then the whole day seems to follow suit. For most of us, life is like this; full of ups and downs with happy times and sad times. Why can’t it be happy all the time? I have some great news for you, it can. All you need to do is learn the art of being grateful.  Whether you are seeking a higher spiritual level or just peace of mind, gratitude opens the door.

Gratitude can be defined as an acceptance of things just the way they are. Think about it; if you can accept things as is, then you can’t have any complaints. This acceptance creates the ability to attract what you desire to come to you. By replacing your old pity party thoughts with new thoughts of gratitude, you can change your life. For example, instead of moaning about the price of gas, be grateful that you have money (or credit) to buy gas and a vehicle to put it into. Instead of wishing you had more money, be grateful you have a job. Instead of criticizing your spouse, notice their good qualities.

As you become more at ease with thinking in terms of gratefulness, your life is going to change and amazing things will happen.  All of a sudden, you start to feel better and have peace of mind. Your relationships change and become more exciting. Your health improves and you experience increased abundance. Everywhere you look you will see things through your new outlook called gratitude. Best of all, this outlook is contagious. You will inspire others to become like you.

This process doesn’t happen over night. It is something you need to practice consistently, knowing that the more you practice, the better you will get at it. It is like getting rid of an old habit and replacing it with a new one. Get a notebook and start jotting down all the things you are grateful for. Get excited about your list and make it your new best friend. Keep it close at hand and read it two or three times a day, adding new reasons to be grateful whenever possible. As well as reading your list, meditate on what you are grateful for at least once a day, so gratitude can become part of your everyday thinking. After all, the goal of developing an attitude of gratitude is so that you can live a happier life.

Peace, Love and Abundance,

Katie

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in attitude of gratitude

 

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