We started a Thanksgiving tradition in our home more than forty years ago for each person around the table to share something they were thankful for. In more recent years, I have asked our grandchildren what they are thankful for at other random times, not just a national holiday. It does my heart good when I hear the Grands say they are thankful for dress-up clothes, dinosaurs, pets, and Littlest Pet Shop toys. Smile!
What rhymes with Gratitude? Attitude!
Tecumseh, a Shawnee Indian chief, stated, “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” Pretty strong words here, right? I believe he’s saying attitude is part of gratitude.
Cultivating an attitude of gratefulness is one of the best ways to remind ourselves of all the good around us. We foster a heart of gratitude when we count our blessings for what we already have. I’ve noticed the more I choose contentment, the easier it gets. When I exercise an appreciative attitude, my gratitude muscles respond.
When I was a young girl, my father, Walter Troyan, was our song leader at our acapella church. One of my favorite hymns he led our congregation in was “Count Your Blessings.” In our home, it was not at all unusual for our mother to say to all of us, “Count your blessings.”
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. (lyrics by Johnson Oatman)
With the Thanksgiving season upon us, I hope we can all look around at our blessings and cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
What are you thankful for? How do you express gratefulness? I’d love to hear from my readers. Open in your browser and scroll down to leave a comment. I read and reply to all comments.