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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude is a mindset gamechanger! There is nothing more powerful to change your thinking into a positive mindset. We know without a doubt (from scientific studies and personal experience) that a positive mindset is integral to healing. Not only to healing but to a positive, joyful life!

Are things in your life good? Be grateful! Are circumstances in your life challenging? Be grateful! Our environment – people, places and things – can impact our mindset but should we let it? No! How do I not? It takes a mindset shift.

Let’s imagine your mindset depends on what kind of day you have, whether your spouse is agreeable or grumpy, whether your coworkers are doing their job and pleasant to work with, whether traffic was flowing, whether you feel well or not, etc. There are so many possible variables! Most of which are completely outside our control! Should you give these variables power in your life? If so, your contentment, happiness and peace are impacted to some degree on the daily! Multiple times per day! What is the alternative?

The alternative is making a choice. I am grateful for my life. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful for God who loves me no matter what. I am grateful for that first cup of coffee in the morning I am able to enjoy. I am grateful I have arms and legs to propel me at whatever activity I may choose. I am grateful for clean water in my home. Get the idea? Choose to be grateful for even things you take for granted. This further challenges us to NOT take things for granted. Remember there are people in the world who do not have any or all of the things I listed.

Next, choose to have boundaries around your life. We are not solo entities roaming the earth so naturally our interaction with other humans or circumstances may or may not be pleasant. Personal responsibility is a thing too. You and I are each responsible for our own life, thoughts, actions, words and deed. We are not responsible for the same in others. That said, we need to take personal responsibility for any wrong against others. On the other hand, we are not responsible for the words, actions, deed or attitude of others. Personal boundaries allow us to recognize that if others’ choices cross over into our world (think Venn diagram), we do not have to allow it to affect our mindset or gratitude. This is an opportunity to be thankful that we recognize this as it happens. Taken a step further, we can also choose to realize that we do not know what is happening in the life of another person. Their circumstances may be the driver behind their behavior that has nothing to do with you or I. This is an opportunity to give the person Grace. Jesus is our best example of giving Grace to others. He gave and continues to give you and I grace as we can never be perfect in our human skin. He asks us to give grace to others also.

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

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