Finding the “Attitude of Gratitude”


A few months ago I pulled a book from my library shelf to see what delightful tidbits of worthy words I could post in my blog sidebar. I found some to use that suited my thoughts at the time, but I was too busy to take a good, hard, look at the book’s content each time I thumbed through it.

Today, I needed a new WW post for this week and as I opened the book it immediately came to chapter 1, “The Simple Joy of Living From a Grateful Heart.”  With it came a beautiful piece of wisdom:

If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you. -LAO TZU

WoW, here at my fingertips is a mighty gift of words to help heal the soul, lift the burdened, and open the mind to the simple, yet profound notion: When we recognize we lack nothing, then in essence we have everything.

Fulfillment comes from within. Not from possessions, or from people, or from geography, or from wealth, or from health….but from self.

The Power in that knowledge is remarkable. WE, you and I, choose our attitude.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I needed this today. It has been a difficult month for me and my hubby. Lots and lots of physical, financial, and emotional challenges are camped at our feet. No matter how much I try to kick them aside, and I write about uplifting subjects on my blog…gladness.Wonderful World...“rosie” Ray Bans; I am still human, with all its frailties, and still fall down with a fit of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Yesterday, I tossed-no, forcefully pushed-a chair to the floor in total exasperation. I could have screamed, which would not be healthy,and very noisy. I could have cried; however, I have bad physical rebounds with crying jags,  and the chair was the closest thing to me. Why? Discovered that we had a very expensive set of tires taken from our business which we will have to replaced for the customer, in which we have little cash reserves.. This was added to the bucketful of our other challenges, so I just snapped. Yep, snapped.  All due to $$$, and dishonesty. I chose poorly.

I was somewhat comforted by the book’s author, M. J. Ryan, relaying: ” This is not to say that an attitude of gratitude is necessarily easy to practice. All kinds of distractions, obfuscation, and negative attitudes from our upbringing may get in the way.”

No kidding!  Images of my childhood cowering from the wrath of flying objects dance through my mind; but, that was then and this is now. I will NOT let that be me!!!

She adds: “One of the incredible truths about gratitude is that it is impossible to feel both a positive emotion of thankfulness and a negative emotion such  anger, or fear, at the same time. Gratitude births only positive feelings-love, compassion, joy, and hope. As we focus on what we are grateful for, fear, anger, and bitterness simply melt away, seemingly without effort….because gratitude helps us track success, to notice what is right in our lives, and the brain naturally works to track success.”

Who doesn’t like to be successful, feel successful? It gives us the hope, strength, and ability to strive for better, what feels good, and right.

Ironically, a friend posted this bit of wisdom regarding attitudes on FB today:

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere until you change it.” -The Secret

I don’t know about you, but having a flat tire can be IRRITATING!  You’re stuck.  I can’t change one by myself. I need help.  In addition, the necessary “tools” are required to “make the change.”  The blessing in this…needing help…is being shown how to do it, AND (most likely) meeting someone, or reading something, extraordinary that offers a “helping hand” to get you back on the road.

I am ready to get back on the road, and very “grateful” that I have now taken the time to read this book that is rich with successful tools in finding, and hopefully keeping, gratitude skills.  And I wanted to share with you what I have learned.

Let me just end with one more quote from the book: “Gratitude is…a magic key-all you need to do is use it, and the world is suddenly transformed into a beautiful wonderland, in which you are invited to play.”

I love to play, and I’m asking you to join me to explore the magic wonderland of a grateful heart?

Did this information…poem…words of wisdom help you?

Do you find it easy to always have an “attitude of gratitude?”

Next week’s “playdate” will be unwrapping “The Gifts of Gratitude.”

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3 responses »

  1. Hi Kelley, so good to hear from you!!!! I hear ya’ sista’! There are those times when ya’ feel like you need a pump at your fingertips…..and it it sucks the air out instead of in. It is those times that we really need to bolster ourselves up with that which is deep within each of us to stop…breathe…reflect….and respond with an attitude of gratitude, even when the pile is high around our ankles.Be gone negative knee-jerk reactions!!!!!
    Love ya’ K…

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