I love November. Even though I am a summer girl through and through. For me, November is the beginning of something new. The air is crisp with the occasional warm day. The leaves are falling. It is fire pit weather. Fire in the fireplace weather. It is the month of trying to figure out how you are going to see your family when everyone has a different work schedule during the month and you realize Christmas is just around the corner.
It is also the month ‘To be Thankful’.
It seems to be the month of reflection…..
What am I thankful for? Who am I thankful for? Or, am I thankful for anything? Or, ‘what do I have to be thankful for….if you only knew….’
As I get older I realize that sometimes we have a tendency to forget where we came from and compare where we are…or are not. I totally forget that when I met my husband he was making $16,000 a year. We lived in a garage apartment and were happy just being together.
I then think about my own attitude NOW. Is it an attitude of entitlement? Or an attitude of irritation? Or an attitude of underlying anger or resentment? Or an attitude of un-forgiveness? Or an attitude of expectations. Am I prideful or humble? Do any of those resonate with you?
Are you –
Angry with your mom?
Frustrated with your son?
Ready to push your sister off the nearest cliff?
Trying to out-decorate your neighbor down the street?
In debt trying to ‘keep up with the Jones’?
Resentful of your small apartment?
Hating the way you are aging?
Question – do you like those feelings that you have? Or are you numb to them – because maybe they have always been there. Are you like a baby with a dirty diaper who thinks – ‘It’s mine, it’s warm, and I like it”?
I was wondering if you would consider making a small change. A small change that could impact you forever. A small change that might just change those attitudes that you have.
What if you –
Thanked your mom for giving you life.
Were grateful for the son that was given to you.
Realized that some people don’t have sisters but you do.
Decided to be content with what you have?
Thought ‘who are those Jones’ anyway’? ‘Why do I think they are any better than me?’ And stopped spending and comparing.
Looked around and realized, that by the grace of God, you could be homeless and living on the street….in this very cold month of November.
Were grateful that you have the opportunity to age.
Gratitude changes attitude.
Being thankful, even in the little things, pushes aside all the attitudes that do NOT serve us well.
How about –
‘My knees are killing me’ to….I am so thankful that I can walk.
‘My car is old and beat up’ to….I am so thankful that I have a car.
‘My apartment is tiny’ to….I am so thankful that I have a roof over my head (with heat).
‘I can’t afford new clothes’ to….I am so thankful that I have clothes in my closet and shoes on my feet.
‘It takes so long to rake those darn leaves’ to….I am so thankful that I have a yard (and a rake).
‘My kids hardly come to visit’ to….I am so thankful to have kids and love it when they do visit.
‘My friends never call me’ to….I have a few great friends and I will pick up the phone and call them.
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Please take a moment and think about what are you thankful for…really. Answer the questions. Keep it nearby.
Whenever you feel angry, irritated, frustrated or just down right ungrateful….read what you wrote. Remind yourself that gratitude changes attitude.
Continually remind yourself that you are a child of God. The same God who loves you, has your back and knows you are worthy. He yearns for you to be content. ‘I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances’ (Philippians 4:11). Learned is the key word here. Contentment. Gratitude. Thankfulness. They do not come naturally.
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Hi Jane! Great article on being grateful! Please, where do I find the free download to print out regarding an attitude of gratitude?
Hey. In the middle of the article is a place for you to put your name and email. It should then download directly into your downloads folder.
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