Wednesday, September 7, 2011

An Attitude of Gratitude!

We take so much for granted in life.  Sometimes, an attitude of gratitude eludes us.   Here at the Jersey Shore, we have recently survived a minor earthquake and a hurricane.  The media filled us with fear as the hurricane approached.  When it was finally over, most of us were very thankful that it was not as bad as it could have been.  But then, anger and frustration seemed to creep back in.  After all, basements were flooded, trees were downed, and electricity was out!  Gosh darn it!
Personally, I was without power for four days.  I was thankful that the storm was over with no personal or property damage for me or those who are close to me.  Although I was not thrilled to be without power, I decided to make the best of it.  Resiliency requires us to be flexible and creative.  I joined many others who lacked power at the local library.  It was a great opportunity to meet new people and see how others were coping - even if I did have to sit on the floor!
I admit that I was losing patience by Day 4.  I take electricity for granted.  So much of what I do requires that I have power.   I needed to drive a few towns over to do laundry, I threw food out, I showered by candlelight, I could not access the internet from home.  The list goes on.  But, these were minor inconveniences and I knew it!  I reminded myself to be thankful for the things I did have - for example,  a car that was still intact, nonperishable food, places I could go if I decided to, supportive friends, et cetera, et cetera.
As the 10th anniversary of September 11th quickly approaches, I can't help but think of all the things we take for granted on a day-to-day basis.   Truth be told, nothing in life is guaranteed.  Living with an appreciation of this fact opens your heart and adds to your joy!  It really is the "little" things in life that matter. 

How might you become more mindful of how blessed you are?  Do you appreciate the little things as you go through your day?  What's your first thought when you wake up in the morning?
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