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rerun :: Spirit of Gratitude

Running a bit behind in blog world this week, so I thought if tv networks can do it, why can't I?...  this post is a "rerun," originally "aired" May 20, 2010.
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gratitude
I take way too much for granted.

I get up each morning. Go to let my puppy out, grab breakfast, check email, make my way to the shower, get ready for work as I watch the morning news, grab the lunch and coffee that my husband put together, kiss hubs goodbye, start my car, and start my workday. I like my coworkers. I like my job. I like what my office stands for. I come home from work and have hang out time with David. We run together, play a game, he cooks for me. We veg on the couch and watch TV. We climb in bed together & wake up next to each other. My family is (mostly) healthy. My bills are paid. I have great friends who support & encourage me.

What exactly could I ever complain about? Nothing! At least that’s what one would think.
I, however, find a million things to complain about --There are too many weeds. I want this, but can’t spend the money. I don’t know how to do this. I’m tired. I’m too hot or too cold. She gets on my nerves. He ripped me off. Too many commercials. Not enough time. That’s not fair. They didn’t say thank you. My head hurts…

Shut up already!!! Am I serious?

I have way too much to be grateful for than to sit around complaining about petty things. So what my shower was cold, my husband loves me. So what I’m stuck in traffic, I live in a great community. So what she gave me a dirty look, I have great friends who don’t judge me. So what if money is tight this month, I have a God who will see me through & always loves me just the same. I am so thankful for these things.

Instead of living with a spirit of attitude, what would it be like if we instead took on a spirit of gratitude?

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7 comments...:

  1. THANK YOU for this reminder. I have such a blessed life and have no reason to complain. Truly, I look at how much I've been given and think "complaining is just ridiculous."

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  2. amen, blairey! good word-thanks for the superb reminder! it's was wonderful to see you and your entire family recently-what a treat! miss ya and love ya!

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  3. This was totally worth reposting. Thanks so much for your continued honesty and being an inspiration.

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  4. Blair, I find nothing wrong with reruns as long as they are good ones. Like when Friends and Sex in the City is on. :)

    This is so insightful. Gratitude is all about perspective ya know? I found myself in the same complaint mode a few months ago. I don't feel like it's my usual way of thinking but sometimes it takes over your thoughts, right? Like negative thinking begets negative thinking. I challenged myself to a "no complaints" week and it just made me more conscious of where my head was at. :) Blessings to you!

    http://bywayofney.blogspot.com/

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  5. So so so true. Its so easy to pick apart every bad thing and every petty thing to focus on about the day, completely forgetting all the good, great and happy moments to dwell on and be grateful for.

    I catch myself doing this ALL the time and have been working on (but failing at) changing my perspective.

    Thanks for the reminder. :)

    Emily w/Amazing Grapes

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  6. Loved this post! I think that if we lived more with a spirit of gratitude, not only would our daily perspectives change, but others around us would see our positivity as an invitation to be joyful as well! Interestingly enough, I have been challenging myself this week to intentionally CHOOSE every day to be a woman of JOY (Nehemiah 8:10)!

    Blessings to you!

    Gennean at Loved, not Lost

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  7. Love this post, and the rerun idea! Wrote a similar post. Here's my perspective:

    http://mcdonnell418.blogspot.com/2011/08/reconditioning-ourselves.html

    -Ania

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