An attitude of gratitude – a catchy phrase singing in my brain this morning. A song set on repeat that won’t go away unless I address it.
Not that I would ever want that song to go away.
I had been working on story #2 – the sequel to the tomato mayhem posted last week, when a little bird (possibly an owl or a turkey) twittered at me to tell a different story.
I have had a life-changing several weeks, and I can’t keep the secret contained much longer. The change is so simple it’s almost silly. At the prompting of a friend, I read (twice!) a book by Pam Grout called **Thank and Grow Rich: A 30 day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy (**indicates quotes from the book).
Her premise is that you wake each morning with the expectation that something “amazingly awesome” will happen. With that expectation, you draw in and think about (at least) three things for which you are thankful. She spends much of the book helping the reader to find gratitude in the big obvious, the mundane, and even the awful.
**The gratitude I’m talking about in this book is anything but flimsy or 101. Let’s call it ferocious gratitude. In-your-face gratitude. None of the namby-pamby, sunshine-and-lollipops crap.
Her hypothesis is that by changing our frequency to one of gratitude (she calls it D-Buzz, or God) we can change our lives, our outlook, our future.
She is more correct than I could have ever imagined.
I’m not here to review or pontificate on the book or to make it look like I’m a rosy sunglasses Pollyanna. I am here to share my gratitude and thankfulness and then ask you to do the same. I know! I know! With all of the turmoil in this world and our busy schedules – who has time for Woo Woo Gratitude? I’m telling you…make the time!
**When we don’t stop daily to inventory all the gazillion things going right in our lives, the crazy voices in our heads try to make us their bitch.
Today I am thankful for:
~~The snow storm in Omaha, NE–I am home a day earlier than planned
~~For co-workers and customers who didn’t judge me for doing so
~~For an extra hour of free time at the end of the day to go exploring on Monday. I have driven by Lauritzen Gardens and the huge trains that flank I-29 North over a thousand times in the last ten years, and finally stopped in.
~~For the walkway that took me up to the trains–I’m at the top of the world!
~~For a husband with a sense of humor
~~For a daughter with a glorious laugh and great SnapChat photos
~~For a son who told me to “be safe” when I left on Monday–and meant it!
~~For the laugh lines on my face
~~For the internet – it connects me to you
~~For the auto save feature in WordPress when my iPad freaked out
~~For my mother in law who made dinner last night – the leftovers were perfect for Dane’s breakfast this morning
~~That the school’s call to me yesterday saying that Dane was absent in third hour was only a clerical error
~~That he and his friends didn’t ridicule me after reading the multitude of nervous mama text messages.
~~For thunder thighs that carry me on slow runs on beautiful trails
~~For a heart that remains open and accepting
**When we don’t militantly count our blessings, the voices start jabbering, telling us that life sucks, that we suck. They’re like the ticker crawl at the bottom of a news broadcast, running continuously in a nonstop loop.
Now, it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? Name three (or more) in the comments below. Be cheesy, be silly, be in-your-face-full-of-thankfulness. Shout it to the rooftops, proclaim it on Instagram or in the shower. Share your spirit – let your soul sing!
You don’t have to be a regular blogger with a website to participate. Sign in with a first name and an e-mail. Tell me what you’re thankful for – and then turn the radio dial all the way up.
I know that something amazingly awesome is coming your way.
Birthday cake! Cake! Just cake! ~~Kid President