Here at Words of Encouragement…
**NOVEMBER MEANS: GRATITUDE CHALLENGE!!**
On this night before Thanksgiving, do you have an attitude of gratitude or do you need an 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.
To say it has been difficult to consistently be grateful, in the 14 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 five years of almost 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: encouraging others.
My additional reflections:
I still miss my Dad so much– especially in March, the birthday month we shared, and June because of Father’s Day, and holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
What about you? Do you have an attitude of gratitude or do you need an attitude adjustment?
What are you thankful for today? What will you focus on tomorrow, if you are celebrating Thanksgiving?
TO THOSE CELEBRATING THIS HOLIDAY!!~~