Changing Your (My!) Attitude with a Little Gratitude!

Yesterday (Wednesday) wasn’t the best of days. It was bad. It was one of those days where I wished I never got out of bed. Ever have one of those days? I hadn’t slept well the night before, so I woke up tired and cranky and the day went downhill from there:

  • I went into the bathroom and found a HUGE centipede in my tub which snapped me out of my grogginess and completely freaked me out.
  • By 9:30am Andrew had lost all of his stones, and was showing no hope of earning any of them back in the near future (due to several tantrums /  melt-downs, among other issues).
  • Two business appointments didn’t go very well.
  • Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong and it seemed like nothing I did was right.

By the time 2pm rolled around I was ready to crawl back under the covers and never come out. I sent Andrew to his room for quiet time, and curled up on the couch. It was then in the silence of the moment that I realized something. I hadn’t prayed.

I usually make it a point of spending at least ten minutes alone with Lord and His Word everyday. Well, I haven’t made the time to do that this week. It has been a busy week, but that’s really an excuse. I could have taken the time; but, I forgot and I didn’t.

So, while Andrew played in his room, I took up the bible and read this verse (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18):

“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

Um. Yeah. Not doing that so much. Certainly not praying without ceasing. And I certainly wasn’t giving thanks for the day I was having.

I took out my journal and started writing to the Lord. I have a ‘gratitude journal” but it’s been a long time since I’ve written in it. Anyway, I started writing down all the things I was grateful for. I started with Andrew and all the wonderful things about him. Then I went on to other things I was grateful for. I praised and thanked the Lord and by the end was even thanking Him for the terrible day I was having.

It didn’t take very long; but, those few minutes transformed my thinking and my attitude. Did my day get better? No, not really. But I had a changed perspective.

It’s amazing how reminding ourselves of all the things we have to be grateful for each day can impact our attitude! What about you?  What are you thankful for today?

Comments

  1. This is a really great post Carol. I can totally identify.
    When we were growing up, we always did family prayers before going to school or work or wherever and I think there was one day we forgot and my mom told me I came home and slumped down on the couch at the end of the day (I was pretty young) and said “We forgot to pray and today has been a bad day, nothing went right for me at all!” The same holds true…I notice as an adult, I seem to have decided to take on many useless worries to occupy my mind but when I actually sit down to pray, even just a short time, they just disappear…
    Anyway, great post and I am praying you have a very good weekend ahead of you!
    Colleen…recently posted…Home Sweet Home Sweet Home Sweet HomeMy Profile

  2. Sorry, I should clarify, the worries don’t just disappear (it isn’t quite as cliche as all that:) but instead of worrying, my mind is filled with quiet and peace.
    Colleen…recently posted…Home Sweet Home Sweet Home Sweet HomeMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      Such a sweet story, Collen. What wisdom at such a young age!

      I think understand what you mean about the worries. They don’t disappear, but we are able to handle them better. And, yes, our hearts are filled with peace.

      You have a wonderful weekend, too! God bless.

  3. Life without God is hell. Your post reminded me how important daily prayer is. We should ask God for the grace to bless Him for every adversity we face and to help us learn the lesson He is trying to teach us at that moment. If I did that more often I wouldn’t need Him to smack me with the 2x4s so often. 🙂
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

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