I read this book and all I could do was smile as it was so relatable. Attitudes of Gratitude reminds us of all the little things we take for granted like waking up every morning, the sounds of birds chirping, running water, a roof over our heads. I could go on and on but you get the point. I’m sure by now you’ve heard or read about the devastation in Japan. If you haven’t click here (pictures are disturbing). The natural disaster of both a tsunami and an earthquake that has radically changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people this past Friday. It’s so easy for us to take things for granted and then you hear about this sort of catastrophic and of such magnitude. It may put things in perspective momentarily but I think if we make a conscious decision to be more alert to our ungrateful attitudes we can regularly practice having a grateful one. “Make the practice of gratitude come alive in your life.” I hate that we have to be involved or witness something so terrible before deciding we need to be grateful. One of our many flaws humans!
This book is filled with short essays that teach how to “give and receive joy every day of your life.” There are about sixty short stories, each with a different title. The one that stood out in particular was “Give thanks for your body.” The reason this one caught my attention is because I behaved in an ungrateful manner about my body (not saying it’s great) the other day when a friend made a positive comment about it and my response was negative; not the tone but the manner. She proceeded to lecture and I took it with love, right Dynell. A few days later I come across this essay. Also, I had just written a blog about how disgusted I am with my cellulite. Isn’t that three strikes you’re out? I think someone is trying to tell me something:) This is how the essay begins, “this practice is particularly difficult for women, because our relationship with our bodies is fraught with so much difficulty and dissatisfaction.” Isn’t this the truth? I think it’s time for me to embrace the vessel that was specifically designed for me, cellulite and all.
Say out loud what you are most grateful for and see what sorts of emotions are triggered.
BTW, the rest of this short story really hits the nail on the head!