“Gratitude consists in a watchful, minute attention to the particulars of our state, and to the multitude of God’s gifts, taken one by one…And all our whole life is thereby…filled with a gladness, serenity, and peace which only thankful hearts can know.” H.E. Manning
It’s one thing to recognize we need an attitude adjustment; it’s quite another to put one into play.
Contrary to what some might believe, our attitudes are not dependent upon our circumstances. They are, however, dependent upon giving careful thought and consideration to how we might see life (and its hardships) differently.
Despite hard times and setbacks, we can, even today, choose to give our attitudes the “royal once-ever” by going gratitudinal, a term penned in, “Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy.”
Here, author Nancy Leigh DeMoss offers some positively uplifting suggestions for “going gratitudinal” in daily practical ways.
· Commit to a season of gratitude. Changing from an ungrateful person to a grateful one takes time, effort, and focused attention.
· Take stock of your gratitude accounts. Who deserves (or needs) a word of thanks from you? Who in your life could use a bit of encouragement today?
· Write thank-you notes. It’s still true that caring enough to write a letter, buy a stamp, and look up an address, just to say thanks, is a kindness that reflects a heart of grace and humility. Further, the act of expressing gratitude breeds joy. In the sender and the recipient
· Do it together. Make it the emphasis of both your personal and corporate policies.