Attitude and Gratitude
Values: Openness and Trust,
Empathy and Compassion
By Nancy Campbell
The holiday time provides opportunity to focus on attitude and gratitude, and pause to reflect on the tremendous blessings and privileges we receive each day.
One of the things I am very thankful for is that I have a choice in terms of my attitude. I get to control it for better or worse. During holiday celebrations with family and friends, it can get a bit hectic – we have five high-energy boys under ten years of age! I know that, during those gatherings, I may need to do an attitude and gratitude check, and close my eyes and:
- Choose to be thankful for the noise because it’s often a sign of celebration.
- Choose to be thankful for any awkward or uncomfortable family moments as those are signs that we are all so very, very human.
- Choose to be thankful for the rambunctiousness and wrestling because that’s a sign of life.
- Choose to be thankful for all the things left undone because in letting that expectation go I free myself up to be here now in the celebration with my family.
During this hectic season, take time to periodically stop, take a deep breath, and count the blessings in your life. Life is a precious gift. We all enter this world blessed with special talents that we can use to better our own lives, and make life better for others as well. Every dawn offers a promise of new opportunities. And every day offers us a new chance to express our heartfelt gratitude for those who add sweetness and joy to our lives.
Posted on December 2, 2010