There are two words that I intend to use a lot everyday. Some days I do this better than others. These words are "Thank You." I want to learn to take nothing for granted but to be grateful for every good thing that comes my way. I want to learn to receive good moments as a gift instead of taking it all for granted. I don't want to become like a few people who I've known who had developed a habit of griping and complaining and seemed to have no joy about the good things that came their way.
I will begin a list. I encourage you to build your own list. I am grateful...
- ...for my wife, two daughters, and son-in-law. Not a day goes by that I do not pray for them.
- ...for friends who encourage me and care about my well being.
- ...for wonderful people at our church who express gratitude to me more often than I deserve.
- ...for the sound of the creek behind our house.
- ...for a cup of Starbucks coffee served in the morning by some pleasant people.
- ...for an outstanding life-group. I am blessed to have my life intertwined with theirs.
- ...for people at our church who I enjoy being around: John, our cheerful custodian, our smiling mothers-day-out workers (too numerous to name), the wonderful people who I work with in our office.
- ...for a lunch at Rudy's Bar-B-Q with a friend or an evening out with other friends.
- ...for children who remind me to enjoy the simple things.
- ...for the pleasure of tasting good food or drinking a diet Dr. Pepper.
- ...for the joy of a reading a good book or listening to good music.
- ...for several older men and women at our church who are always so kind to me.
- ...for good health.
- ...for the pleasure of meeting so many people through this blog.
I really think I could go on and on with this. Far too many people focus on the negative. Some of these develop a very negative disposition. They seem perpetually unhappy with life. Yes, there are frustrations, disappointments, and discouragements. Yet, these are a part of life and will always be present in one form or another.
Instead, I want to learn to focus on things for which I need to be grateful. I want to give a lot of "thank you's" every day.
So what would be a part of your own list?