G.K. Chesterton said: “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” I am so happy to have found this quote today. I need this quote today.
There are so many things that I take for granted. All of the not so little things: a roof over my head, food in the fridge, a warm bed at night, my puppies, my hubby; so many things that are here and I have at my disposal every day that I love with all of my heart but I know I don't give enough thanks for. I don't know how to change that.
When I take time to stop and count my blessings- those things are there, every single time. On the other side of that coin, they are also there when I am complaining. You know the complaints: "There's nothing to eat", "You are stealing all the covers", "It's SO cold out and the dogs are dawdling." Stupid, petty complaints that are just food for being irritated and perpetuating a cranky mood. The more I feed into that- the farther away from an attitude of gratitude that I get.
I need to readjust my attitude on a permanent basis. I need to find a way to stop the crankies in their tracks- especially at this time of year. I need to find a way to stop myself from getting caught up in the moment and letting myself take all that I love for granted. I need to take a deep breath and and instead of counting to ten, count ten things that matter to me. That is a step. A first step. The first of many.