Thursday, April 14, 2011

Attitude of gratitude

How do you like the new layout?  Still playing with it but would love to know what you think...there's so much out there but I figured I should start somewhere at least!

Anyway, today I wanted to write about having an attitude of gratitude.  This phrase specifically reminds me of one summer as a counselor at summer camp.  That summer before camp I was in a bad car accident and had to come to camp two weeks late.  I was put in a smaller cabin with one of my closest friends and we only had six campers.  It was the same cabin that I had been in when I was 15 and it was by far my favorite.  That summer we made our theme "attitude of gratitude" and tried to carry that theme through everything we did.  Those campers constantly reminded me to be grateful for what I had.  It would have been easy to sulk down and feel sorry for yourself after being hurt but thanks to that cabin in The End, I never did.  They took our cabin theme and ran with it.  To this day we still talk about how special that summer was (now those campers are sophomores and juniors in college) and how we carry attitude of gratitude with us.

And thus where this blog post and todays slogan come from.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in things and forget to step back and see the bigger picture, I know I forget to do that often.  During the Lenten season I always try to be more reverent and inner-looking but I admit I have not done the best at it this year.  My challenge to myself and to you is during this last week of lent to take a little more time to appreciate and be thankful for what's around you.  Be grateful for your family, friends, pets, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else in your life.  Tell them that you're grateful for them.  Practice appreciating people.  Even when the little things start to build up and you begin to feel as if the world is closing in around you, step back, take a deep breath, and think attitude of gratitude.

I'm really going to try to do this.  I know it will be hard because work right now is super stressful and busy but it is so important not to get lost or caught up in that.  I will take a few minutes each day and express my attitude of gratitude.

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