One after the other, frustrating situations have been popping up in my life. I’m an analyzer, so I’ve been trying to figure out what am I supposed to learn though it all. Is it how to open the mail without screaming? Mostly mastered. Or perhaps how to talk on the phone without using offensive language? Mastered (I use it when I hang up). Maybe I’m supposed to learn how to be grateful in every situation? Really?
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thess 5:18 ESV)
Did you know gratitude has become a movement – a global movement? I’d heard rumours but never looked into it before. I’m a complainer. I’ve been a complainer my whole life. I wouldn’t be myself if I wasn’t complaining. I’m certain gratitude is not what I’m supposed to be learning. But if I can create “good mental health and spirituality” or fill my life with love and kindness maybe the gratitude thing deserves a shot. So here goes:
I am glad I received my lost passport from the IRS and my new passport on the same day and saved myself a trip to the post office.
I’m super thankful the person who used my Visa Card dozens of times in Europe, two weeks ago, bought museum tickets and supported culture through thievery.
I’m awfully glad the seven pounds I’ve put on this summer will keep me warm in the above average snowfall expected for the 2016 winter.
I’m happy most of my credit cards broke in half when I drove over my wallet with the truck - thus helping me to avoid temptation.
I’m so grateful the bank staff remained polite when I returned for another new bank card five minutes after I received, and lost, the first one.
You know, I feel love and kindness seeping in already.
Try gratitude – you’ll love it!