Attitude of Gratitude Part 1
Out of the Mouth of Prophets - Part 2
Today is my 100th post. I believe I said somewhere on my blog that once you hit that number then you were an expert or something.........oops, not true. I still hardly know anything about blogging, but I definitely know what I believe, so I'll keep sharing it with you. I am in awe (and grateful!) that I continue to get new readers. Hi to all of you. I count you all among my friends.
With today being the first day of November, I thought that I would talk about President Monson's talk "The Divine Gift of Gratitude". After reviewing the talk I have decided that I am not even going to try to cover it in one post. For today I have picked out a couple of things to highlight and will share more in the next couple of posts.
Often we feel grateful and intend to express our thanks but forget to do so or just don’t get around to it. Someone has said that “feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ” (see talk reference 12)
Oh yes, this is me. I feel grateful a lot. I know I should express gratitude to a certain person, but I put it off, and then it happens. However, I NEVER have wrapped a present and put off giving it for so long that I never get around to giving it. Thinking in terms of gift giving shows how much effort that showing gratitude requires.
I have been grateful this past weekend for 4 people. These 4 people each thanked me for something. A woman that I visit teach loves getting my cards that I mail each month (never would have guessed). Husband expressed thanks for something specific I had done in a prayer. A compliment was passed on to me about the Primary Program. Someone left a comment with the word "thanks" included on my blog. Receiving so much thanks in 2 days made me realize how little I am thanked. Now, it's not a big deal, because I obviously go about my business regardless of whether or not I am thanked, but wow!!! the difference that thanks makes. It was really nice to hear. It lifted me up and helped sustain me on this journey we call life.
It also made me think. If I am never thanked, who else is never thanked? Am I thanking others or making them trudge along never knowing the positive impact that they have? Yeah, think about that.
"A grateful heart, then, comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives. This requires conscious effort—at least until we have truly learned and cultivated an attitude of gratitude."
An "Attitude of Gratitude". That line has been running through my mind ever since I heard it. It is like a personal anthem or something for me. Call it a mission statement, whatever. I want to have an Attitude of Gratitude. I want it to be natural to me so that it doesn't require "conscious effort".
In an effort to reach this goal of "learning and cultivating" this desired attitude, for my 100th post here is a list of 100 things that I am grateful for...
1. Husband 2. Husband takes out the trash 3. Daughter 4. Parents paid thousands of dollars for piano lessons 5. R.G. believed that I could teach piano lessons and lined up my first students 6. dry socks 7. spices to season my food 8. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon 9. My grandparents have kept in close contact though we have different religious beliefs 10. The Gift of the Holy Ghost 11. P.B. is my friend 12. A. let me borrow clothes even though I wouldn't let her wear any of mine 13. a working car 14. I sang in my High School Choir 15. That my parents made me do band in addition to sing in the choir 16. peas 17. warmth from the sun 18. I could afford enough pairs of running shoes to train for running a marathon 19. all of the chauffeuring my parents did for me as a child 20. Atonement of Jesus Christ 21. People who say thank you 22. paper towels 23. I have taken risks in my life 24. Temple Ordinances 25. I am sealed to my family for all eternity 26. hairbrushes 27. beautiful sunsets 28. crunchy leaves on the ground 29. D. C. taught me about leadership 30. I volunteered my time at an Alzheimer's care facility 31. phone calls from my brother 32. dishwashers 33. my daughter loves to sing 34. our prophet, Thomas S. Monson 35. free calls on Skype 36. rhododendrons 37. hydrangeas 38. chocolate 39. car seats 40. I can pray anytime that I want 41. Heavenly Father will always answer my prayers 42. I can read 43. I can write 44. Husband changed all of the diapers if he was home (back when Daughter wore diapers) 45. I came in contact with G.P.'s infectious enthusiasm for life 46. Mr. D the children's librarian 47. played volleyball in junior high/ high school 48. quit volleyball my senior year for color guard 49. received scholarship money for color guard to finance my college education 50. weekly meetings with F.M. 51. my Mom 52. my Dad 53. Joseph Smith prayed to know which church was right 54. soft sweaters 55. ability to repent and change 56. forks 57. microwaves 58. calming sound of the surf 59. family photographs 60. journal writing 61. my big big big comfy bed 62. Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ 63. those who clean the lint out from between my toes :) 64. swings and slides at the park 65. blessings of a priesthood holder in my home 66. I tried out for the school musical on a whim and made it 67. I did 2 more musicals after that 68. siblings 69. family vacation 70. broccoli 71.ice cream 72. Husband's family 73. waking up in the country in the morning, dew on the grass, birds chirping 74. mountains 75. valleys 76. oceans 77. beef 78. the wheel 79. peanuts 80. recycling or reusing things 81. General Conference 82. opportunity to take the Sacrament weekly and renew my baptismal covenants 83. ability to voice my opinion through voting 84. fingernail clippers 85. Husband and I go on dates 86. popcorn 87. I have been able to strengthen my back and avoid pain 88. G.P. helped me to become a stronger writer 89. Mrs. A encouraged my volunteerism 90. Husband supports my dancing 91. Daughter loves to dance 92. word processing technology 93. copy machines 94. spaghetti 95. K.B. is such a generous friend to me 96. C.H. inspired me 97. I serve in the Primary 98. camping 99. washing machines 100. that I have learned how to have hope
And there could be many more things listed. There is much to be grateful for in my life.
I love that Pres. Monson used "the divine GIFT" in the title of his address. You mean to tell me that gratitude is a gift from Heavenly Father? I had to think about that for awhile. What a merciful and loving God we have.
"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love."
There have been far too many times in my life that I have not allowed myself to feel of God's love. I see that it is because I was being full of selfishness rather than full of gratitude. That is a great gift.
"My brothers and sisters, to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven."
Touch heaven? I would love to. I imagine that would be like being full of Spirit all of the time, constantly heeding the Holy Ghost's counsel (because it's crystal clear with no distractions), and never doubting that God loves you because you are filled with it. Oh yes, that is a divine gift.
God asks so little, but gives so much.
If you wish to watch this conference address by President Monson, click here. Just find this talk (Sunday Morning Session), and watch, download, whatever you want.
What are you grateful for? How do you show your gratitude? What did you enjoy from this talk? My email is lettersfromlindsay at gmail dot com.
Stay tuned for Attitude of Gratitude Part 2 coming soon! There is so much more that I want to share.