Even in a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, awful, rotten day – there is always something to be grateful for. Here are few highlights of a couple of my ‘one-of-those-kinds of day’s.
*When one of my sons was about 4 years old, he figured out that he could spin the roll of toilet paper from the tp holder attached to the wall, put the end into the toilet and…..flush….it would keep the roll going and going and going….yes, it happened more than once, so I was grateful for a kind plumber who gave me a family discount!
*One evening after dinner, the kids were supposed to do their part in cleaning up the dishes and food. For some reason two of them decided they both wanted the plastic wrap box. My daughter took off running with it, and in the scramble with her brother over the box, her knee was cut by the sharp edge. Now I have two upset kids, one with blood and one denying any responsibility. My oldest son had just attended a first aid class in his boy scout troop, and took off running to his room to get his brand new first aid kit. He was ‘prepared’ to stitch up his sisters knee with his newly acquired training, which of course made her holler all the louder. I was grateful for neighbors who cared enough to came over to see what the ruckus was all about.
*Recently I chipped my front tooth, and I dislike going to the dentist quite a bit. My dentist is one of the very best, and a good man, but I really don’t like slobber, the suction tube, the sound of that awful drill, and all the stuff involved with dental work (yes I do take care of my dental hygiene). Another bill is not what I need either. But, I decided to find some good in the situation. So, I am grateful that I was able to get right in to get it fixed and I didn’t need a numbing shot.
These are everyday difficult/annoying situations, but as a family we have had our share of serious issues to deal with also. Whether its the daily challenges or life-threatening situations, I know from personal experience, that when I decided to look for something, anything, to be grateful for, it was easier to bear and to go through. If I acknowledged them aloud in my prayers, those hardships were relieved incredibly; in fact, I could feel pure joy and calm, though the circumstance had not changed.
I would like to challenge all of us to keep a little notebook or journal, to record, even one sentence a night, of something to be grateful for day.
Here are a few ways to approach this attitude of gratitude –
A few things to consider thanking God for:
Also, there is gratitude to be found in the ordinary, such as:
The list would go on for pages of the large and small things we have to be thankful for.
Why are we better for recognizing our blessings?
I’ll bet you can come up with a huge list of why, and what, to write down of things to be grateful for.
Grab a simple notebook, a blank journal, or even have a specific document in your computer to daily record, even one sentence, of a blessing you can recognize that day.
I will guarantee, that if you do this, your attitude will change dramatically for the better, and so will that of your family. And Your life will overflow with happiness and peace.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
Image courtesy of tigger11th at FreeDigitalPhotos.net , adapted 2016
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.