A is for Attitude of Gratitude

A is also for April, this new month in a new season – we in Maine are anxiously awaiting spring’s true arrival, too! We had unseasonably warm temperatures to welcome in spring – nearly summer-like weather – only to return to chilly weather and even SNOW!

A is also for apology, as in I apologize for neglecting this blog for so long. I really want to honor my Dad with this blog, so I joined the A to Z Blog Challenge as a way to help me “jump start” consistent posting again.

SO … for the purpose of THIS particular first post in the challenge, A is for Attitude of Gratitude. This is a quality my Dad faithfully exhibited, even at the end of his days on earth. He was still thankful for all his blessings and for his family. Even during his last conscious hours, he encouraged US, his family members, to display this attitude of gratitude and not blame God for taking Dad away from us.

To say it has been difficult to consistently do so, in the 9 1/2 years Dad has been gone, would be a major understatement. However, beginning last November – motivated by my youngest daughter, who was posting her “things she was thankful for” on Facebook leading up to Thanksgiving – I started doing the same. Every day since then, I have posted my daily “Attitude of Gratitude” posts on Facebook.

That’s five months of daily expressing thanks for people, material blessings, situations … often combined with daily devotional thoughts I’ve gleaned from various sources.  Interesting thing is, MY attitude has changed. I’m more positive overall. Another interesting thing has happened – other  people have also started posting about things they are thankful for, or commenting on my posts, thanking me for posting and saying it’s a blessing to them.

Imagine that … by simply exercising an attitude of gratitude, as my Dad requested nearly up to his last breath, my life has changed and I’m beginning to fulfill at least part of his legacy, to encourage others.

What about you? Do you need an attitude adjustment? What do you have to be thankful for today?  Consider this sobering thought:

“What if you woke up this morning and found the only things you had left …

were the things you thanked God for yesterday?”

–Terry Shock

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