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What are you grateful for?
Posted: Feb 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

I heard an interesting quote this past week that got me thinking. The quote said, “The seeds of depression can never take root in a grateful heart.” As I sat down to ponder that, a lot of thoughts raced through my head. First of all, depression is a serious problem in the United States today. Over 10 million American’s sought medical treatment for depression last year alone. Globally, that number rose to over 340 million. And that is just the numbers for those who sought treatment! Depression is no doubt a major issue and I am not denying that fact. I am sure that there are lots of legit medicines and remedies that can be prescribed for the issue. I am convinced, however, that the greatest remedy that can possibly be described for depression is gratefulness. Gratefulness is the ultimate depression equalizer. It is depression’s kryptonite. The seeds of depression can never take root in a grateful heart. What are you grateful for?

I am always astounded that people can honestly answer that question with…..nothing. Really? You are grateful for nothing? I want you to consider some of the following things that we can be grateful for that we may have never realized before.

We can be grateful for clothes that fit too tight……Why? Because it means we have enough food to eat to make our pants fit tight!

We can be grateful for mowing our lawn, fixing the broken gutter, fixing the leaky faucet and cleaning the dirty windows because it means we have a place to live.

We can be thankful for a flat tire because it means we have a car to drive.

We can be grateful for our kids waking us up at 3 am for help using the bathroom because it means that God has blessed us with kids in the first place!

We can be grateful for a huge electric bill. Do you know how many people across the landscape of our world would love to have the ability to heat and cool their homes?

We can be grateful for income taxes because it means we have a job!

We can be grateful for our alarm clock that blares at 6 am because it means that we are alive and have a chance to live another day!

Life truly is all about perspective. If you allow yourself to throw a pity party asking always, “why me,” you will never be able to truly experience the amazing joy that comes with being a citizen of this planet. It’s true. Some people are better off than we are. But there are tons more that are not. The astounding thing is that the world’s happiest people are often the world’s poorest. Money can’t dictate how happy I am. Gratefulness can. Take a few minutes today to think about all just a few of the things that you are grateful for. I’ll get things started. I am VERY grateful that you have taken a few minutes out of your day to read my random thoughts. Hope you have a fantastic day!

With Expectancy!


One Response to “What are you grateful for?”

  1. paul cameron says:

    6 am alarm?? try 4:00am m-f 15yrs. grateful? At 15 doctor told me i may not have children.my 1st biological is 14. im 50 now. my adopted will be 28 this year.im alive yes. have faced death numeruos times.and was spared for a purpose.God knows my path. im still working on it.im under construction.

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