Ann Voskamp says – and research backs her up – that the grateful person is happier, healthier, lives longer. Gratitude is the miracle cure-all the world needs to get its hands on. It can change attitudes, behaviours, emotions. It can change lives. Here I am, starting to feel the tug of the familiar downward spiral, the lure of negative thinking, the easy way out – when I could be rejoicing, thanking God for every good thing in my life. Hold my hand, someone. I’m going to try things a little differently. It might not work out – that’s the risk, isn’t it? Always when trying something new, the risk that it won’t work out, that things will be worse of for trying. Deep breath: here goes.
I am grateful for…
- A day spent in a peaceful environment, giving a favour
- An impromptu catch-up with a much-loved family member
- Work that comes trickling in, supports our wildly thrashing budget, helps us make our way
- Sean’s good heart, his willingness to go above and beyond
- Seeing the tail end of my sinus infection, knowing it’ll all be over soon
I’m distracted suddenly with the realisation that my cup is full of lemon bits… and I didn’t put them there. I am far from grateful for having been given a dirty cup, imperfections startling in clear liquid, floating through my sphere of vision. Stop, breath, start again.
I am grateful for…
- The longevity and on-going good health of my dogs
- The ways in which Bruce has become more pleasant to be around and interact with
- Having fresh sheets put on my bed at last
- My car, which has meant so many things for me
- This beautiful weather – a welcome surprise after much rain and storming
I’m stuck for now. It’s been a quiet day. I’ve enjoyed it… and slowly slipped a little, again.
God help me to remain grateful, vigilant for things I can be grateful for. To be a true Christ follower.