November 26

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 26: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ― William Arthur Ward

My attitude creates my life. When I am in that grateful mode, my day goes so much better. I see this all the time in the rooms, in others I talk to, in the world at large.

We are so focused on what we don’t have, what doesn’t work, what we aren’t getting…blah, blah, blah!

And that is NOT gratitude. So, it is not my practice that will turn your life around, it is YOURS! If you are focused all the time on what you don’t get and yourself, you are doomed to be miserable. How do I know? I spent a lot of my life there.

I hated it! I was not a happy person. Today I am a happy person, the happiest person I know. Instead of doing my housework like Cinderella, begin punished by the ugly stepsisters and the mean stepmother, I GET to clean my house. And I sing and play music the whole time. I LOVE the results!

When I start to think I HAVE to do something, I must find my own way into the gratitude that turns it around. I examine what I am thinking about that task and sit with it long enough for it to be a joy and a privilege to perform.

I tell everyone how much I love my job…truth! It is the culmination of all the jobs ever…and I truly adore it!

The same goes with my car, my little house in the ghetto, everything in my life! I am especially grateful for the crazy cats who inhabit my front porch and sleep all over the yard. They bring me companionship and I can love on them without having to “own” them. It is wonderful!

We are so terribly unhappy because we are so self-centered! And when I am the only center of my life, I am not grateful.

So, we all know those cheerful and happy people with whom we interact in the world. I always wanted to be one of THOSE…and today I am. My life, my days, my moments and everything about me have been transformed by this wonderful tool. What I do NOT understand is why so few will ever pick it up and use it???

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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