I was speaking with a friend one day and happened to mention that I was out of a food treat and wasn’t sure when I’d be able to get to the one store in the area that carries it. My friend stopped by a couple of nights later and excitedly handed me a couple of packets of the item. She had come across them in another store, remembered that I wanted them and bought them for me. I thanked her, but my heart wasn’t in it. You see, they weren’t the flavor I normally eat.
It wasn’t until after the friend left that I realized that I was acting like a spoiled brat. Instead of being grateful for my friend’s generosity I was essentially pouting because I didn’t get exactly what I wanted. I did not like seeing myself as a spoiled brat.
I consciously made the choice to shift my attitude gratitude. Gratitude for having a friend who picked up on a passing remark and remembered that remark when she happened upon the item a couple of days later. Gratitude for her excitement at being able to answer my desire. Gratitude for the opportunity to try a different flavor of the product. I sent her a second thank you. This time I was honestly coming from a place of true gratitude; not just gratitude for the food but also gratitude for her friendship and generous spirit.
How are you at acknowledging the good in your life? Do you look at the glass as half empty or half full? Perhaps that glass is more than half full, but your attention is drawn to the empty portion and you don’t even acknowledge the full portion.
I invite you to join me in an exercise. Each morning write out a list of at least 3 things that you are grateful for and share your gratitude. Sharing may take the form of expressing them directly to another person who has contributed to what is in your list or perhaps you can call someone and read your list to them; you can even share your list on social media. Practice writing down and sharing the good in your life for 2 weeks and see if it starts shifting your attitude to gratitude.