From complaining to being thankful
No arguing, attitudes are a matter of choice. When faced with a certain situation, we choose - willingly or not - to act in a certain way. Mom hands me the salt, I say thank you. My little brother doesn’t do what I tell him to do, I yell at him. There is a pattern of behaviors we can choose from. A pattern laid out before us, and God leaves it up to us. Now why should we choose to be unthankful for something? Complaining has never made anyone happy, even when they had every right to do so. Instead of yelling at my little brother, I could look at the ‘bright side’: God has given me an opportunity to learn how to be more patient with him. This way I can teach him things. instead of yelling at him, I might as well spare me the throat-ache and him the pain in the ears (and head, because oh boy, can I yell!). We can both benefit from the situation, we both learn in a certain way. So, as of today I will be thankful. For everything. Good or bad. The good things satisfy my desires, they soothe my ego, maybe, but the bad things strengthen my character. It’s through tough moments that we develop the best qualities. Again, it’s a matter of choice.
Thus the first assignment: be thankful. Everyday. For everything.
And so as of today, I will be trying to post daily a list of five things I am truly thankful for. It can be small things, or big things. It can be good or bad. It doesn’t matter. The point is that we should realize how fortunate we are, even in the most unfortunate situation. We always find an opportunity to learn. The choice is up to me and you.>
God, please be with me.>
God is great!>