Monday, July 5, 2010

Being Grateful

Being grateful should be easy, right? I’d like to say that I’m completely grateful for everything in my life but that would not be true. Sometimes I forget about all the good and focus on the negative, booo to me. I am interested in changing this selfish behavior. Perhaps I should stop watching negative reality television shows; that may be a good place to start. I’m careful not to hang around negative people so I cannot eliminate any negativity there. I’m grateful for that. We should all be grateful for our health and I am but there I times when it’s definitely taken for granted.
Being grateful is a funny thing, if you become too focused on being grateful then you don’t necessarily live normally.
How do you stay grateful?

11 comments:

  1. I love your honesty! I think it is normal to fall into those gratitude droughts, we all do it from time to time. For me, it happens most when I watch too much news, it just brings me down to the point where I find myself focusing on all the terrible in the world, rather than the wonderful.

    There are 2 things I do - The first is to write it down in my journal every morning. Even if I'm in a funk, I can find something to be thankful for, even if its the fact that I have a hand to write with! The second is to share daily gratitudes during dinnertime. We each take turns and I love some of the things the kids come up with!

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  2. TV this is another great post. I think all of us struggle at times with being truly grateful. There are moments when we all wonder about things and have questions. I think it is human. That is why I like writing the things I am grateful for. It really makes me stop and think! I also pray every night and thank God for all of my many blessings! Have a great day!

    Mama Hen

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  3. I stop trying to be grateful and started to "appreciate" everything. Just the language alone helped me make a shift - and what a shift it has been too. I would have never believed it was possible. There's an amazing book that help light my way, "Busting Loose From the Money Game" ...it's not at all what the title alludes to. Hope you had a wonderful 4th.

    Haupi
    http://hauplight.blogspot.com/

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  4. Good question. Gratefulness is tricky, because if it's forced, then it's not truly gratefulness. So it has to become a way of life, second nature, and I think it's one of those things that we strive for but maybe never fully accomplish. Great thoughts!

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  5. You have an award waiting for you TV! Come and get it! You deserve it!

    Mama Hen

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  6. Tesha, thank you for your honesty - it gives me courage to share that I grew up as a selfish brat. I didn't think it was easy to be grateful at all in the beginning. I grew up around negativity and constant complaining, not to mention 87% of all we're exposed to is negative. That's one of the reasons I love blogging over watching the news or television. I get to connect with others who want to make a difference in the world. I get to consciously focus on who I want to be - someone who would encourage, appreciate and love others in all our human imperfections.

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  7. I dropped by to follow you back,and I just love your blog concept. Concise and to the point, and thought provoking. I participate in the Thankful Thursday, it makes me focus on my blessings. Although, daily my mantra, is "count my blessings, not my worries." It helps me focus on what is positive and good in my life, and keeps me from worrying about little things that I can't control.

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  8. Being grateful is tough sometimes. We get caught up in what we need and forget what we have. I find that I have to keep reminding myself of all the blessings that are in my life. It takes more work some days than others!

    Thank you for thinking of me!

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  9. love this subject! oprah says to keep a gratitude journal... i think she writes down five things a day she's grateful for. love that idea, but can't say i've ever implemented it! ;) one thing i do though is every night as we're going to bed i try to tell my husband one thing i appreciated about him that day. it's usually something simple like "thanks for doing the dishes" or "i appreciated you dropping by the post office" or something like that. it helps me to remember that the little things in life are worth appreciating, and also helps me to stay in an attitude of gratefulness toward my husband. :)
    adriel

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  10. Adriel, I really like your idea of telling your husband things you appreciate about him as you are going to bed. I try to do that as soon as he takes out the trash or dishes but saying it later in the day may be a better thought. Thanks!

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  11. I try to be think of what I'm grateful for when I get out of bed, before my feet touch the ground. And I try to watch the sunset every night and be grateful at that time, too.

    I'm grateful you stopped by Zen Mama, today! I really enjoyed reading through all your posts! What a beautiful baby. And the post about your brother brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine life without my siblings.

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