When the Attitude is Gratitude
So, I’m participating in #30DaysOfThanks and re-discovering how truly full and blessed my life is. I won’t go into the long list of things (way more than 30) for which I am grateful, that’s what the thirty days is for, and I’m doing that over on my FB page. What I want to discuss here is what happens in life when your attitude is gratitude. I can point to three things that happened almost immediately when I started the 30 day thing.
1. Stress relief–I worry less and less. I wake up happier (if not energized) every day and discovered that I had lots to look forward to.
2. Silver linings and lemonade–troubles and woes (clouds and lemons) became blessings. Having car trouble is a chance to meet new people (the nice man who came to give me a jump start and the quirky lady on the phone who arranged the service call). Burning dinner is a chance to have a healthier meal (salad and shrimp is much healthier for me than pork chops and potatoes). I think you get the point.
3. Surprises–I’ve started getting calls from friends, family and colleagues who haven’t contacted me in months (years in some cases). This I think is karma or the universe trying to balance itself–a true example of what goes around comes around. My nature as a writer is to isolate. Not because I don’t like other people, but because I love writing and writing is a solitary activity. To have others contact me was thrilling. I didn’t have to put aside my writing to talk with the people I love.
Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Did you notice a result? What was it? I’m looking forward to your comments.