An Attitude of Gratitude

attitude of gratitudeAn attitude of gratitude begins and ends each day with the question, “What am I grateful for today?” Then thanksgiving directs our eyes from the gift to the Giver. It prompts us in a variety of ways to say “Thank you” to the Author of all good and perfect gifts.

Gratefulness begins with God and overflows to others. The Lord graces us with life-giving relationships with family, friends, and others. Our human nature leads us to take people for granted. A focus on gratitude inspires us to both experience and express our appreciation for those around me.

Gratitude also helps inoculate our souls against whining, complaining, and grumbling. Gratefulness leads us to focus on blessings rather than inconveniences. It is difficult to moan and groan while praising God and loving others.

We tend to be a forgetful people, so seed each day with small reminders. Use daily routines to instill habitual moments of thanksgiving and praise.

Throughout the year, cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

An Early Christmas

I first published this blog in November 2017.

Dec 25A Hallmark display recently caught my eye. The sign above the holiday greeting cards declared: Christmas is December 25th.  Huh. Good to know.

Many bemoan how the holidays arrive earlier every year. Retailers anxious for Christmas sales begin Black Friday sales on July 4th. Costco erected a winter wonderland of snowmen in September. XM Radio premiered their holiday stations on November 1.

And Hobby Lobby . . . well, the home goods store celebrates three seasons: Last Christmas, This Christmas, and Next Christmas!

I’ve always resisted the holiday madness, observing the day after Thanksgiving as my personal advent of the holiday season. However, I’ve experienced a Scrooge-like change of heart.

December days rush by so quickly with over-committed calendars and hectic schedules. December 26th always dawns with an awareness of opportunities lost.

So this year I’m celebrating an early Christmas.

I’m decking the halls, listening to Christmas music, and singing carols. Eight Nativity Scenes adorn my office. An old fashioned, candle ornament is plugged into an outlet, bubbling merrily away. I’ve been sipping eggnog since early-November. If I had some chestnuts, they would be roasting on an open fire.

Oh, I fight the occasional urge to say, “Bah, humbug.” I’m a recovering Scrooge with occasional lapses. However, life’s too short to miss the advent of the Holy Day Season.

Christmas is December 25th this year. But why wait? Start celebrating an early Christmas today.

Do Good

“Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can.”

Ascribed to John Wesley


get those “cans” to work!

DST Forever!

DST Fall

Twice a year our bodies adjust to the abrupt change of Daylight Saving Time. In the fall, we “gain” the hour “lost” last spring. Although we welcome the additional hour of sleep, it takes days to readjust.

Standard Time is like the weather—everyone complains about it, but no one does anything about it! In six months, we will revisit the debate yet again.

Here’s my simple plan: Daylight Saving Time Forever! Yes, there are more important issues in the world, but this is one we could easily fix.

Quit messing around with the calendar and clock. I’ll gladly trade an hour of sunlight in the morning for an additional hour in the evening. And no one would miss the semiannual shock to our biological clocks.

I’m sure Congress will get right on it, along with a balanced budget, reduced deficit, and funded entitlements. On second thought, I’ll plan to “Spring forward one hour” again next March.