Deliberately Living with Gratitude

Each year, as Thanksgiving rolls around we are all inclined to reflect on the blessings we have in our lives and to remember what we are grateful for.  However, I believe this is something we should be doing everyday of our lives.  It is all too easy to become complacent; focusing on the negative things happening to us.  It it much more difficult to deliberately live with gratitude each day.  So this week, I’m going to write about some of things I’m grateful for.  This list is not, by any means, complete.

Aside from the obvious things to be grateful for; family, friends, home, my job, my health, and my country, I am also grateful for:

  • Ron, my sweetheart.  Honestly, I am not grateful for the day he died, but that day and everyday since, has certainly made it much more apparent how blessed I am that he once lived.
  • The difficult and fragile children in my class and the lessons they teach me everyday.
  • Water.
  • My mother teaching me how to sew.  I still make nearly all my own clothes and I’m grateful for this skill.
  • A high-tech sewing machine that makes everything I sew turn out better.
  • An aide in my classroom who is amazing and a joy to work with each day.
  • Peanut butter in my pantry.
  • My dog.
  • The utter joy I feel when I sit down to visit with friends and family.
  • My love of reading.  Learning to read was difficult for me when growing up, but like everything, the more you do it, the easier it gets.  I’m currently reading seven books for leisure, and 3 books for business.
  • My book club.  The other women provide such stimulating conversation for my mind.
  • The adult relationship I have with my mother.  What an amazing person!
  • The ability to learn from my mistakes (and the mistakes of others).
  • My colleagues.
  • Toilet paper.
  • The ability to pays my bills each month.
  • My independence.
  • This website, and you for taking the time to read it each week.
  • Hot Showers and cool air.
  • Dawn.  Every day you wake up looking down at the grass instead of up at the grass is a blessed day.

At the end of each work day, I write down two positive things that happened that day, and one thing I need to do better the next day.  It is a excellent way to keep me focused and thinking positively in a job that can often be overwhelming with negativity.

I end nearly every conversation I have with “Make it a grateful day”.  I encourage you to say the same.  The world is full of negativity, and it is up to us to keep a positive spin on things.  This simple reminder is completely within our control.

Come back next week for that lesson on Rights and Privileges that I told you last week I would make available.

Be kinder than necessary, be grateful, and have a peace-filled week,

Ms. Brown


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