Gratitude is an Attitude

November 24, 2011 by  
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is an attitude…each and every day!

You are a parent.  And no matter how tough it gets, or how hard it may be to raise your kids, at the end of the day you are still a parent.  Would you trade that for the world?  Sometimes it takes a day like Thanksgiving to compel us to stop, give thanks for what we have and remind ourselves that gratitude is an attitude.  This is not a day to think about what you don’t have, what’s wrong with your job, the kids, the income.  This is a day to recognize what is truly important in your life.  And to give thanks.

Teaching your children that gratitude is an attitude is especially important.  In today’s times, it seems that there is always more to have, more to do and more to ask for.  The pace of our lives can be so hectic, that we literally don’t take time to stop and smell the roses, or watch a sunset, or listen to the gentle breathing of our sleeping child.  Thanksgiving is the time to do just that.  Leave the stress, the anger, the anxiety at the door, and look around the table.  Taking stock of who you see around your table, is truly a time to give thanks…and show that gratidude is an attitude

On the walls of my office are child-like drawings called Story People.  Brian Andreas, the artist, transforms these simplistic pictures to philosophical heights with the captions he writes for each one.  His captions truly depict the idea that gratitude is an attitude.  Here are a few to help you capture the spirit of Thanksgiving and reframe your thoughts from the day to day stress and strain of life to gratitude for what’s really important in your life:     

“I always wanted to invent something that would move around & make funny noises & would change the world as we know it & I forgot all about that until we had kids & now I see I came pretty close.”

“Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.”

 “For a long time there were only your footprints & laughter in our dreams & even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever.”

 “I sometimes wake in the early morning & listen to the soft breathing of my children & I think to myself, this is one thing I will never regret & I carry that quiet with me all day long.”

 “There are things you do because they feel right and they may make no sense and they may make no money and it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other and to eat each other’s cooking and say it was good.”

 “There are lives I can imagine without children but none of them have the same laughter & noise.”

 “There has never been a day when I have not been proud of you, I said to my child, though some days I’m louder about other stuff so it’s easy to miss that.”

 “If you hold on to the handle, she said, it’s easier to maintain the illusion of control. But it’s more fun if you just let the wind carry you.”

 “The first time his laughter unfurled its wings in the wind, we knew that the world would never be the same.”

 “She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short.”

 “I used to believe my father about everything but then I had children myself & now I see how much stuff you make up just to keep yourself from going crazy.”

“Most people don’t know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don’t get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life.”

 Teach your children that gratitude is an attitude…

 and that life is how you choose to see it. 

Help them see it through the eyes  of thankfulness, no matter how much better they think it could be.

How do you go about teaching your kids that gratitude is an attitude

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