You’ve heard the saying, “attitude of gratitude.” With Thanksgiving being next week, you’ll start to see Facebook posts about what people are grateful for. The words “grateful” and “gratitude” have been turned into a hashtag that accompanies pictures that show off the glamorous side of life – big trips, smiling families, nice cars. In the social media likes-driven world we live in, I think we forget that we can be grateful for anything – and everything.
Lately, I’ve been putting that phrase to the test and doing my best to live with an attitude of gratitude. I have been working on getting in the habit of going over the things I’m grateful for as soon as I wake up in the morning, instead of listing all the things I’m dreading about the day. And you know what? It’s working! And it’s easier than I thought it’d be. When I first started doing this, I’d start with the big things: I’m grateful that I have a car to get me to work; I’m grateful I have a place to live; I’m grateful for my family and friends. Soon, the things I was listing were things I used to take for granted: I’m grateful for my eyesight; I’m grateful for the clean socks I have to put on; I’m grateful that I didn’t get stuck in traffic on the Beltline.
I’d encourage you, as we get into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, to embrace what usually feels like chaos and find something to be grateful for. The kids who made a mess with wrapping paper all over your clean living room are healthy. The family who overstayed their welcome did it because they love you, and you’re lucky to have them. The presents you spent your money on were enough, and so are you.
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