Thursday, October 23, 2008


I truly believe (but don't always practice, unfortunately) that the fastest way to a positive attitude is through gratitude.  Think about it...  Complain much?  Jealous of your neighbor's big house or cousin's new baby or friend's multiple vacations?  It is impossible to whine and say "thanks" at the same time (sarcasm doesn't count).  I know, I sound all Oprah (and I'm not even an O follower)!  

"Gratitude is a Spirit-filled principle.  It opens our minds to a universe permeated with the richness of a living God.  Through it, we become spiritually aware of the wonder of the smallest things, which gladden our hearts with their messages of God's love.  This grateful awareness heightens our sensitivity to divine direction.  When we communicate gratitude, we can be filled with the Spirit and connected to those around us and the Lord.  Gratitude inspires happiness and carries divine influence."  (Bonnie D. Parkin)

To practice what I preach (and I'm not really preaching; you can do whatever you want), here are a few things I'm grateful for: 
  • The biggies: awesome best friend hubby, great kiddo with fabulous health and a spunky spirit, and a home that feels like... well, home.
  • My iPhone.  You know that inbetween time at a restaurant when your kid is cranky and famished and you've placed your order but it hasn't arrived yet?  When you wish you could just quiet him/her with "Dumbo?"  I can!  It is so great!
  • If I need something, I can usually go get it.  In college, I couldn't say that.
  • A passport with stamps in it.  That reminds me, I still need to apply for a name change...
  • Once, I exchanged cordial "hellos" with Bob Barker in the hall.  Another time, I spun the wheel (again, in the hall) and it landed on a DOLLAR!
  • Awesome friends.  I mean, really.
  • Sophie's black Converse.
  • My sibs.  Gosh, they drove me nuts fourteen years ago.
  • I drive the same car that my husband and I fell in love in, and I hope I never have to give it up.
What are you grateful for?


Valerie said...

Hey, Allison! Been following your blog for a little while now (thanks to Tammy's blog), and it has been fun to see your cute little family! (Sophie is a DOLL!!!) Thanks for this particular entry, it made me really ponder the MANY things I am grateful for. It's important to have an "attitude of gratitude".

Larson Love said...

Well... I am grateful for you guys. My little Soph makes me smile consistently and I am happy to be part of her life.

Marianne & Clayton said...

I am also grateful for Sophie's black converse. And her leg warmers, and her little hats, and for her mom who always makes her hair look so cute.