“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Cynthia Ozick, writer
Witten by Glen Hopkins
Imagine for a moment one of those nights when you just can’t fall
asleep and you have to get up early the next morning for a very
important meeting of which you are the keynote speaker. Your alarm
clock goes off early in the morning waking you from what little sleep
you had. You stumble out of bed, have a quick shower, grab a coffee and
some toast, and off you go to fight the traffic on the way to work.
Does that sound like the start of a terrible day? Most would answer
‘yes’. Few people however, would answer, ‘no’. These are the people,
who are in my opinion blessed with a gift. A gift that determines how
they view their life. These people live with ‘an attitude of
gratitude’. For them, the situation described could be worse. Much
worse. For example, think of the man who doesn’t have a bed, let alone
a roof to over his head. When he is awoken from what little sleep he is
able to get, it is by the rain falling on his cold body. He too
stumbles to his feet and begins his journey to work in his bare feet.
His work is in the field of survival. He searches though garbage cans
for scraps of half-rotten food to eat and odd bits of clothes to keep
The purpose of this example is to illustrate that we all have so much
to be grateful for. Even in times when it seems that nothing could be
worse, there is always a reason to be grateful. And when you feel a
sense of gratitude, you feel a sense of happiness and content. My
challenge to you today is to learn to look for the good in every
situation and live with ‘an attitude of gratitude’.
I challenge you now to take a moment to think of five things in your
life that you are grateful for today. For example, your friends, your
family, your job, your sense of smell, touch, sight, and sound. The
list can go on and on. Imagine what your life would be like without
these things. Write them down on a piece of paper and really think
about the things you are grateful for. You will be amazed at how great
you will feel!
By Glen Hopkins