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Attitude of Gratitude or Attitude Adjustment – June 9 Inspiration

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Attitude of Gratitude or Attitude Adjustment? One quality my Dad faithfully exhibited, even at the end of his days on earth, was gratitude. 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 adjust our attitudes and display this attitude of gratitude and not blame God for taking Dad away from us.

 

My Dad, the inspiration for this blog, because of his gift of encouragement.
My Dad, the inspiration for this blog, because of his gift of encouragement.

 

To say it has been difficult to consistently be grateful, in the 13 1/2 years Dad has been gone, would be a major understatement. However, beginning in November 2011 – 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. Nearly every day since then, I have posted my daily “Attitude of Gratitude” posts on Facebook.

 

That’s about four and a half years of usually daily expressing thanks for people, material blessings, situations … usually 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.

 

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My additional reflections:

I still miss my Dad so much, especially in June because of Father’s Day, but I am thankful for the life lessons he taught my siblings and me, and all those who came in contact with him. I rarely ever heard him complain about anything, even when he was in so much pain from the lymphoma and related issues. Even in this photo with my Mom, siblings, and me, my DAD is the only one actually smiling, while the rest of us struggled, knowing Dad’s days were numbered! He was a godly man, and a great role model, right up to the end.

 

My parents, siblings, and me, shortly before Dad passed away.
My parents, siblings, and me, shortly before Dad passed away.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

What about you? Do you need an attitude adjustment?

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

30 Comments

  1. Allison Lancater

    Hugs to you. I can’t imagine the pain especially around Father’s Day!

    09 . Jun . 2016
  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Nope, I don’t need one, but I know a lot of people who do!!

    09 . Jun . 2016
  3. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    I am sorry that you lost your father. Being grateful for what you had rather than what you lost is a good way to look at it.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  4. Carol Cassara

    Your father really does sound like an amazing man. His influence, which seems like it was so positive, will live on in you and your family in the cycle of life.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  5. Alicia Taylor

    It’s so important to be thankful every day – not just holidays. I love that you reflect daily like that. What an inspiration

    09 . Jun . 2016
  6. Lady Lilith

    It is very important to be thankful all year round. Life is full of mistakes and sad time. There is always a reason to say thank you.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  7. tara pittman

    My dad is sick so I know his time is short here on earth. I know it will hard when he is gone but this helps me.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  8. Amy Jones

    I still can’t get over my grandpa. He left us 3 years ago and I miss him every day…your father seems to have been a great man in life, bless him

    09 . Jun . 2016
  9. Cathy Lawdanski

    What a blessing to have had such an encourager and example in your life. He would be so proud of how you are carrying on his legacy.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  10. maria @closeothome

    What a great post about happiness and living each day. Comparison is the thief of happiness and you can definitely get caught up in that.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  11. Shirley Wood

    It is always refreshing to hear someone say such nice things about their Dad. My Dad was a very strong man who demonstrated an attitude of gratitude also. He lived his testimony and would never hesitate to share the message of salvation with anyone. We lost him tragically 7 years ago.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  12. Elizabeth O.

    I’m sorry for your loss. The words that your dad left you with are very touching. He was indeed, a very admirable man. I’m glad that you chose to be positive and look at the things that you’re grateful for. That’s the best mood booster!

    09 . Jun . 2016
  13. christina aliperti

    Sometimes I do need an adjustment. I remind myself during those times just how much I have to be grateful for.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  14. peppylady (Dora)

    I work on my attitude daily.
    Coffee is on

    09 . Jun . 2016
  15. Rachael Yerkes

    So admirable to choose to stay positive during such a hard time.

    09 . Jun . 2016
  16. Nicole Escat

    Gratitude is very important, especially to those people who are dear to you. I am sorry to hear about your loss.

    10 . Jun . 2016
  17. Mary Burris

    I don’t know that one ever gets over the loss of a parent. But it’s wonderful that we can honor them by living good lives and leaving good examples for our posterity.

    10 . Jun . 2016
  18. Danne Reed

    Your post is so inspiring, sorry about your dad. He sounds like a good father.

    10 . Jun . 2016
  19. Nikki Jenner

    You are a wonderful person because your dad taught you so. I think he is an awesome person.

    10 . Jun . 2016
  20. wendy

    I am so happy that you had such a great and wonderful dad! I know you miss him deeply but you will always have the wonderful memories of a father you adored!

    10 . Jun . 2016
  21. Enricoh Alfonzo

    Brilliant! I keep a gratitude list and write in it every week. even if I write the same things, it helps tremendously to stay humble and remember all the things in my life that I’m grateful for especially on the days that my soul just wants to complain at everything

    11 . Jun . 2016
  22. Claudette

    Thank you for sharing your story and I know that at least one will be inspired by it. Gratitude is an attitude is needed most when you think you don’t. Namaste

    11 . Jun . 2016
  23. Jessyca Dahlin

    So very sorry for your loss. Gratitude is certainly a more positive approach to living better. Thank you for sharing your story.

    11 . Jun . 2016
  24. Heather

    Gratitude is an attitude to be done daily! So sorry for your loss.

    11 . Jun . 2016
  25. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    I do say that to myself sometimes – that I need an attitude adjustment LOL But I love the term “attitude of gratitude”!

    11 . Jun . 2016
  26. Colette S

    It is true that our thinking influences our life experiences greatly.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I do need an attitude adjustment all the time.

    Thank God for His grace.

    12 . Jun . 2016
  27. Ana De- Jesus

    I am very sorry for your loss, your father taught a brilliant message and to have gratitude is to keep going no matter how bad a situation you are in. I wrote an upcoming post on gratitude x

    12 . Jun . 2016
  28. Jody Arsensault

    An attitude of gratitude is very important. It is so easy to ignore all the good things in life. It is vital to appreciate all the little things.

    12 . Jun . 2016
  29. ana fernandez

    So sorry about your dad and he teach such a valuable lesson!

    12 . Jun . 2016
  30. Lisa Joy Thompson

    I’m sorry for your loss! It sounds like you’re honoring your dad with your attitude! I bet he’s sooo proud of you!

    15 . Jun . 2016

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