Keepin' It Real, Living With Gusto

Nope!

“In all things give thanks.”

There is a reason the scripture instructs us to live like this. Do you know that negativity can’t live (lodge) in a thankful heart?

I had a conversation the other day with a young woman who said something interesting. She said that for some people negativity is all they know. They don’t even realize that being positive is a different choice because no one has ever shown them they can choose.

I cannot even imagine it!

Often positivity comes from being thankful. It’s pretty hard to be griping and glum when your heart is full of thankfulness.

And people! There is always something you can be grateful for! Many things actually, for instance:

Are you breathing?

Can you hear music when you want to?

Can you feel a child’s soft cheek or your pet’s fur?

Do you have a bed to sleep in after a long day?

Do you have a coin stash that is just extra?

Have you enjoyed God’s magnificent gift of nature?

Can you walk to and use the restroom unassisted?

Are you able to communicate your thoughts and/or needs?

Did you attend school, can you read and write?

Are you able to shower/bathe freely?

Are you in a home or shelter where you are warm?

Do you have something to eat?

Do you have a phone and a person you can call?

Every time I do laundry I praise God for a washer and dryer! And at night my bed feels so very wonderful I can’t help but thank God for it.

Some people actually have a gratitude journal where they write three or four things they are thankful for daily. If you are having trouble being grateful, this might be a good practice for you. Start noticing things to be thankful for.

Have fun and let me know how you do.

So much love, Mimi

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