GRATITUDE towards LIFE

United States
March 30, 2007 9:39pm CST
"Just wanted to share something with myLotters that keeps me in "gratitude mode": I give awards, daily, sometimes many times a day. "As I drive my car (lease up in a few months; still grateful that I have it in the first place, and it runs well, and I can keep up the payments) or walk along the sidewalk (grateful that I CAN walk, even though I sometimes I find it difficult), if I see a bunch of flowers (weeds, or a garden, or a bouquet carried by someone, or the plantings at my neighbors's drive thru), I look for the prettiest one, or the one with the most surprising color, or the one that obviously had the hardest struggle to survive -but made it-and I mentally present the "Best Blossom of the Day" award. "Or I'll give someone walking their dog the "Cutest Pup" or "Best Behaved Dog" award. Or present the "Nicest Professional Outfit" award to someone on their way to work. Or a "Most Courteous Driver" award…You get the idea. "Never are these awards announced to the recipients-they simply remain catalogued in my mind and heart. They keep me alert to the beauty that is everywhere, however, and keep me 'living all the days of my life.'"
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@GardenGerty (103964)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I love your attitude lifters. It can make a difference when you look for positives. Both for you and for the people you meet with that positive attitude. I am sure you are a nice person to be around. I often get to drive into spectacular sunrises, and they make me grateful, and fill my heart and mind with beauty.
• United States
31 Mar 07
What a nice of thing for you to say, thank you so much for responding to my discussion
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@gberlin (3836)
1 Apr 07
That is a terrific idea. Looking for th positive that we tend to overlook so that we concentrate on the negative. I like to positive and this will be a good way to help me be more positive each day. Thanks.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
31 Mar 07
What a sweet idea! You must be an optomist & always see the glass as half full. I try hard to be optomistic, but frequently fail. I swear that optomistim & pessimism must be like extroverts & introverts, born into you. I know a kid who has every right to be a pessimist &, while he has self-distructive tendencies, is really very optomistic for all the neglect he's endured from his idiot mother.
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I think that practicing gratitude... even if all it amounts to is taking a moment to pause and be thankful for something we have, in THAT moment... can be a very positive influence in our lives. I often take a moment to "give thanks" when I have a quiet moment or two.