Friday, 14 December 2012

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE


If you are as honest as some of us, you probably have a list of what you should have, the things you are entitled to, the things that should be and could've been. It’s easy to put a pen on paper and come up with a long list of  negatives in comparison to the positives in our life. It’s unfortunate we live in a society that feeds an entitlement attitude. We feel the whole world owes us everything and we should have everything our heart wishes.

As they often say “You won’t get what you don’t have until you learn to be grateful for what you do have.” I believe that is certainly correct. We often focus on the negatives and on things that are missing in our lives.  for example, we complain about not having that dream car we have been fantasising about forever, we complain about our relationship, about the five minutes delay of the train on our way to work (at least the train still showed up), or we wish we have a bigger pay, bigger house, the list could go on and on.  To state the obvious, it is not healthy! carrying a miserable and resentful feeling all around will be a great bondage. Complaining spirit will not change the situation or make us more abundance but rather make us more miserable.



All this attitude is a sum total of covetousness. It’s defined as “having or showing a great desire to possess something belonging to someone else”. Setting your heart on what you don't have is a miserable way of life. Let us all take a different approach today by starting to appreciate the little things. Adopting a grateful attitude will make the world a better place for everyone.

According to research, it was noted that people who practice some form of conscious gratitude; are more healthier, sleep better, exercise more regularly, feel more optimistic, more progressive towards goals, they are more alert, enthusiastic and could handle stress much more effectively. We need to practice looking at the cup half full rather than half empty.

Little things matters a lot, a dripping tap soon fills a bucket until it is overflowing. This concept is true in life and developing appreciation spirit is no different. We ought to practice been gratitude.  I believe that some people are naturally more optimistic than others but if we all start been grateful, it will eventually lead to some degree of optimism. Appreciating the small things in our day to day life will lead to greater level of happiness. When someone hold the door for you, when someone smile at you, when you get a lift home from a friend, compliment at work and our lovely families that stuck by us through the good times and the bad times are all the things we need to be thankful of.

Giving thanks to God day by day is a way of acknowledging that dependence. However when we do not or forget to give thanks we’re literally saying that we are entitled and we believed that we have what we have based on our power, strength and our knowledge. In psalm 33: 16-19…… the bible talked about where we put our dependent, on the strong horse or on the large army /the strength of a warrior or God?

O gives thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy enduret forever. If not for his mercy!
I'm sure we all have something to be grateful for, I challenge you to make a gratitude list of every good things in your life. It does not have to be big.



My gratitude list

1. I thank God for all the beautiful people that God has placed in my life.

2. I am grateful for my loving partner and wonderful family

3. For the Good health he has given me and everyone I know and do not know of.

4. I am thankful for this Christmas time ( it’s a privilege to be alive, strong, vibrant and healthy)

5. I am thankful for the warm house/bed I go to every night (mehn, its freezing out there)

6. I am grateful for the invention of snickers chocolate (I don't joke with that Lol)

God Bless

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