Posts Tagged attitude

Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

I am holding onto my theme for the New Year. Gratitude sums up how I feel about my life. I have so much to be grateful for. All I need do is look around me and I know that I am blessed. I have a loving wife, children and grandchildren that I am proud of, a sister and brother-in-laws that bring joy, and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews that are wonderful. I have friends that keep me centered and that spur my spiritual and mental growth. They are wonderful story tellers. I am surrounded by creative people. My neighbors are thoughtful and kind people.

The church I attend has sustained me through the deep valleys in my life. The writing group I attend encourages me to try new things. Although no one enjoys going to see the doctor, we like and trust ours. Brandy and Jan, care givers for Carol and helpers to me, are simply wonderful.

My friend, Dr. Monty Knight, recently said when speaking of the motion he has lost in his right arm, “I am not unhappy that I can no longer do these things. I am happy that I got to do them.”

As another year approaches I want to develop an attitude of gratitude and practice it more lavishly. For one who was not supposed to survive, I am here looking forward to what lies ahead. Yes, there are still things on my bucket list, but I am grateful for the buckets I have already filled and for all of those wonderful people that helped me fill them.

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Fifty-Two Keys for Living, Loving and Working


Make time to play. Life can’t be all work.  Have some fun. Try something new. Enlist your friends. Form a team or club. Play is not only a physical exercise, but it is also a mental exercise. It is an attitude that turns work into play. Work can be fun and still be productive. It is really an attitude adjustment. You can create that kind of an atmosphere. Read, Fish. Give a copy to your boss. Put it into practice.

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Fifty-two Keys for Living, Loving and Working

Be alert

Don’t get caught napping. There are always new ideas, new approaches, and new opportunities. It requires an active wide awake mind to catch them. Choose an attitude of alertness. Be ready for what is and what comes next. Be receptive. Remain expectant. Don’t automatically shut out the unfamiliar. Neither fall for every new fad. “When you wake up, get up. When you get up, wake up.”

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Random Acts of Kindness – 52

There is someone who needs to feel your gratitude. Express your heartfelt gratitude to her or him. You will be glad that you did.

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