THE HABIT OF GIVING THANKS:

CONSISTENT GRATITUDE

The verse goes like this, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us complain and be mad in it.” Oh! Wait! My bad. Psalms 118: 24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us GIVE THANKS AND BE GLAD in it.”



How often we blow right over that statement! If we think about it at all, we tend to reflect, but then say, “But what about this? But what about that? Or, if they only knew....Or, But my story is different.”

Is it possible that, as a habit, we've trained ourselves to think in a dour way? Have we allowed our own culture to push us down so heavily that we are nearly broken under the strain? Are we convinced that the shoe is ultimately going to drop?

Do we actually give ourselves permission to allow the bombardment of sarcasm (defined in Greek as the tearing of flesh or gnashing of teeth) and consider it humor? Do we tolerate or involve ourselves in snarky comments? Do we listen to our leaders and the pundits as they continue to attack one another with labels, libels, and mean-spirited liberties?


I'm afraid the answer to these questions would be YES. Sometimes we feel we can't escape it. And, as a result, we find ourselves immersed in our own darkness, feeling the heaviness that only a darkened spirit and anger can only provide.


Surprise yourself. Feel the feeling of freedom for that one moment of escape from an entangled and critical world. Give yourself the power of rejoicing.


So. Allow me to suggest a habit of relief. Declare grateful statements! Yes, out loud! Zoom out in your thinking; Look at the bigger picture; Turn down the hash trash; Give yourself permission to declare something upbeat—no matter how profound or mundane. Then, do it again! [i.e. I love my children! Or, I'm glad for the air in my tires!] Look around and find things. I've cultivated this habit for over five years and it has helped me a great deal...even in troublesome times—maybe especially in troublesome times. It isn't Pollyanna stuff.


Surprise yourself. Feel the feeling of freedom for that one moment of escape from an entangled and critical world. Give yourself the power of rejoicing.

Make it a habit. Every morning, declare three gratitudes and try your best not to repeat them in the days that follow. Soon, you will begin to develop a mindset that begins to override the junk that flows into the day. You will become stronger and more powerful in your daily walk! After a while you won't even notice that you have a default positive mindset that radiates out to others all day long—a wonderful habit. Go ahead. Start today!

After all, THIS is the day that the LORD has made! We didn't make it. We just get to be a part of it!

May we always remember that.


Until next time, also remember:

There is always, always, always something to be grateful for.




William A. Brown

Certified Life/Health Coach

www.williambrownlifecoach.com