Friday, December 31, 2010

Thank You Lord and A Smile

Count your blessings.

We know we should, and let's face it when we actually take the time to do so, it's rather simple to count our blessings.  All too often people fall back onto counting their "blech-ings". :)  Everything seems to point to "blech", nasty, no-good, horrible, terrible, could-it-get-any-worse, etc.  EVERYTHING?  Not ONE good thing came about today?  When we step back and look at the big picture, we'll see countless blessings!  At the risk of going all Pollyanna, you woke up today, you're breathing, you're reading this right now which means you've been educated enough to be able to read, you clearly have electricity and a computer with internet access (or you're in a facility that has those things in which case you can be thankful for the freedom of being there).  Get the idea?  Yah, I knew you would because we've heard the proverbial "I can be thankful I have a messy house because it means I have a roof over my head" and "I have a little extra chub which means I have food to eat".

"I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet."  ~Ancient Persian

Count your blessings.

I've learned from my mother - oop warm fuzzy moment - to be thankful for even the teeniest, tiniest things.  If the traffic light turned green at the most opportune time while driving somewhere, mom would softly say "Thank You, Lord" and then smile.  Also while driving if what looked like a normally difficult intersection lends way to let her through easily - you got it - "Thank You, Lord" and a smile.  If something uneasy happens, be it a quarrel or an injury, and all turned out well... yep - "Thank You, Lord" and a smile.  Seems a bit "magoo", I know, but you now what?  It works!  The outlook of a person with an attitude of gratitude is incredibly powerful and contagious.  Try it, even for just a day, and discover how many people you touch and influence.  You just never know who will hear under your breath "Thank You, Lord".  And that smile of yours?  Absolutely contagious.

I'd love to hear your thoughts/experiences of smiling gratitude - please be sure to share some comments!  :)

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