Monday, November 28, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude

This year Adam and I did our very own 24 Days of Gratitude, an idea I took from my friend Whitney.  She also does 25 Days of Christ during Christmas-time which we will be doing also, but it's not time for that just yet!  So for our 24 Days of Gratitude, every day from November 1st to Thanksgiving Day we told each other one thing we were grateful for.  And we even wrote them on a poster:

I must have written this in a frenzy - misspelled gratitude!

Here's our 2011 Gratitude list (in no order of importance):
  • two working vehicles
  • Kami
  • pretty & fun music
  • cold weather
  • a job
  • the Gospel!
  • a body
  • sports
  • dance
  • relaxing
  • talents/skills
  • technology
  • family
  • temple
  • scriptures
  • knowledge
  • the Savior
  • back-scratches
  • Adam!
  • water
  • a home
  • the right to bear arms
  • freedom
  • electric tools
  • blankets
  • the weekend
  • money
  • good food
  • hot chocolate
  • the Holy Ghost
  • medicine
  • leaders
  • the prophet
  • Pepsi
  • a warm & comfy bed
  • sleep
  • to live in the USA
  • revelation
  • electricity
  • good friends
  • massages
  • accessibility of things
  • the plan of salvation
  • happiness
  • the earth
  • life
  • the ability to have children
  • and all our many other blessings!

I hope this season of thanksgiving has inspired more thankfulness in us.  We have been given everything we have by God's hand.  He has created everything, and inspired all good things to come about.  He created us!  Both us as spirits and our bodies.  The only thing we have that is truly ours to give is our will.  I hope we can choose to be thankful to Him and happy for what we have.

Happy people aren't necessarily thankful, but thankful people are happy!

"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 diving 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, "Gratitude: A Path to Happiness," Ensign, May 2007

3 comments:

  1. Great list, but . . pepsi?? ;-]

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  2. This is fun! I like how you can almost tell what happened to you during the month of November- it's like everyday you made something big out of something so small. Can't wait for the Christmas one! :)

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