Are you tired of triple-digit heat and strangling humidity? Is your summer dragging by? Gas prices are at unreasonable levels and grocery store totals take our breath away. It is difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude, isn’t it?

On social media, opinions are flaunted like truth and non-issues become points of division. Lines are drawn in the ‘online’ sand and with anonymity, people vehemently argue their positions pulling one another into the dark quagmire. Do you feel the urge to unplug and focus on something positive?

In his 1930 novel The Woman of Andros, Thornton Wilder attributed this line to his character, Chrysis. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” 1

I think I need to exercise my heart and recognize my blessings – my treasures. Do you care to join me as I practice an attitude of gratitude. Open a new document on your computer or grab a notebook. Record the date, and something you’re grateful for – every day. Overachievers can record multiple things!

Write your thoughts in a journal entry:

~ I’m thankful for pets – past and present. For four-legged friends that have blessed me since childhood. 

~ I’m grateful for people who challenge my thinking. Those who enrich my life by making me truly think. 

~ I’m thankful for ho-hum weekends; days to relax with nothing on my plate.

Or write simple bullet points:

The roof over my head

Enjoy the snowball effect of gratitude. Increased awareness of blessings seems to reveal even more blessings. Developing an attitude of gratitude is an incredibly valuable act of self-care in our complex and confusing world.

What are you grateful for today?

1 Hischak, Thomas S.. The Thornton Wilder Encyclopedia. United States: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022.

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