It seems in our culture we excel in identifying and discussing things that irritate, bother, or annoy us. But what kind of sauce does that leave for our minds to marinate in? What kind of filters does that place between us and our lives? What kinds of limits does that place on what we choose to experience?
For every thing that I respond negatively to, there must be a dozen to be grateful for!
An attitude of gratitude leads to a sunnier outlook on life and greater appreciation for the people, experiences, and things we deal with day to day.
One summer, I posted a gratitude list on the refrigerator for family members to write on.
We had so many things to be thankful for!
As the darker days of winter descend, it is good to remember that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8-9). It is good remember the people we love, have loved, and who love us. It is good to acknowledge the blessings in simple, every day things.
It is good to be grateful.
Make a list and revel in all that is good in your life.