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After starting to come out and rise above the doldrums from the “Winter Blues”, I am realizing just how much I have to be grateful for!  I am also learning how necessary it is for me to recite and repeat all the things I am grateful for in my life – even during the “darker days”.  It’s certainly not easy to always feel grateful on one of those days where we wonder what in the world we are doing, worrying about the future and all the day-to-day problems we have.  But for me to stay in the “right frame of mind” I am realizing I must commit to having an attitude of gratitude.

What happens when the realities of our world come crashing down?

How about when: 

  • We lose a job and are trying to figure out how we are going to pay our mortgage; 
  • We are struggling with our kids; 
  • We are depressed and wondering why – and nothing seems to help; 
  • We wake up and our husband has his bags packed after 22 years of marriage and says, “I am leaving you…. I found someone else to be with.” 
  • We are lonely, and it feels like we mean nothing to anyone. 
  • We get a bad health report from the doctor.

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These are all real life challenges that many of us face.  And, it’s hard to stay “positive” in the midst of this … But I believe it is important in our journey to be grateful for all we have – even during the dark days.

Even when I don’t feel like being grateful, I have to make it a “decision” or a “choice” to be grateful.   It’s a choice we have every day.  I am encouraging you – and myself – to choose gratefulness. 

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Gratefulness does many splendid things for us:

  • It gets our mind off our troubles and worries
  • It enables us to see the beauty in simple things around us/ the pretty flowers, sunrises and even just taking a breath of fresh air…. and much more. 
  • We are reminded to be grateful for the simple, small things because this is what keeps us “afloat” through hard times. I am thankful for my wonderful husband, my two daughters and our newest addition to our family…. my first grandson! 

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  • Gratefulness keeps us from complaining all the time and keeps the negativity at bay
  • The more grateful we become, the happier we become…. and that’s the name of the game, right!? 

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Is it easy to remind ourselves to be grateful?  No, often times it is not. We don’t live in a “dream world” without stress, problems and challenges , but each day on life’s journey we can learn that being positive and grateful spill into more blessings in our lives!

“This is a wonderful day.  I’ve never seen this one before.”  (Maya Angelou) 

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“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  (Melody Beattie)

I choose gratefulness!   I want to remind myself to keep an attitude of gratitude!

~Gratefully yours.

~Clare

Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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29 Comments

  • This is exactly what I needed to hear today. It’s so easy to get bogged down in our own stuff and forget about being grateful. Thanks for the reminder.

  • What a wonderful post. It was exactly what I needed. For me, going out and enjoying the nature helps me through my darkest days. I’m grateful for everything I have and the blessings I received.

    • Clare says:

      I am delighted that this post helped! Yes, I love being outside and catching just a bit of fresh air often helps! Thanks for sharing your tips, too!

  • Lynn says:

    I so believe in gratitude! Daily I used to write down at least three items to be grateful for a day. Sometimes it would just be as simple as my morning coffee. Lovely shot of the new grandbaby!

    • Clare says:

      Wow – I used to type up a “list” of things I was thankful and grateful for and keep it by my computer – but haven’t in awhile – this is such a wonderful reminder I need to do this again! Isn’t my grandson adorable!!!!!! 🙂 I think so!

  • Candy says:

    Being grateful doesn’t mean our problems go away. We focus on what is going good and try harder on the stuff that isn’t

  • Joy DeKok says:

    Choosing gratitude with you!

  • Thank you for this! I find that being grateful and focusing on gratitude is always so helpful.

  • I’m so sorry you’re going through such a rough time. I will pray for you and everything. Congrats on your grandson!!! He is adorable :). Way to stay positive and appreciative!!
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    • Clare says:

      No – it’s not me going through the list above… those are some things I have experienced in the past – and some from family and friends too! Thanks on the well wishes for my baby Conrad – he is cute! 🙂

  • I read a book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (I think it was her) that convinced me of the importance of gratefulness. I’d never really dwelled on it before, butI do believe it is essential to the Christian life. Great post!

    • Clare says:

      Wow – sounds like a great book – I will have to “Google” it. Yes, being grateful is essential… but I have to continually remind myself!

  • I appreciate the encouragement to CHOOSE gratitude. So many times, I feel like discouragement chooses ME, but then I remember…”Wait. I can choose how to think, what to focus on, and the feelings often follow.” Great reminders–thank you! P.S. Your grandson is PRECIOUS!

    • Clare says:

      Yes, I think it is a choice to choose gratitude… even when we don’t feel like it or don’t want to….. and believe me I will be the first to admit I have made lots of bad choices! 🙂 Thanks so much about the grand baby… it’s my first grandchild – he’s so so cute!

  • Robbie Rhodes says:

    Thanks for the reminder to look at the world with gratitude. Sometimes I forget to practice being grateful.

    • Clare says:

      Yes, and I believe first we have to start with our own little world, our loved ones – family and friends first! I often forget to practice gratefulness – you are certainly not alone!

  • There is always a lesson, a nugget of truth, something to smile about, a reason to keep going…in every experience. This is a great reminder of all of that and more and so thank you for the reminder. 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Thanks, Claudette, yes there is always a nice little message in everything we do and see! We must certainly look to the things that keep us going – and maintain a measure of hope!

  • Deborah Ray says:

    Absolutely love! So many changes, chances and choices in life! The one choice I make is to be thankful and grateful. 🙂 Good, bad or ugly MY GOD has me and he always will!

  • Kathy says:

    Lovely reminder! Ive just started a grateful journal based on Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts..
    .a beautiful book..writing 1000 grateful things in a year! Blessings for spreading the word!

    • Clare says:

      Wow – I must check out that book – thanks for letting us know about it! It would be a wonderful goal accomplished to write 1,000 grateful things a year! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Ahhh…I love this post! I love waking up in the morning and thanking the universe for all the wonderful blessings in my life. Everyone has their joys and their hurdles. The more we focus on the joys the less impact the hurdles have on our lives as we continue our journeys forward. Congratulations on the newest blessing in your life – a tiny beautiful grandson. Your cup must be running over with gratitude! Many friendship hugs and smiles are sent your way from California. 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Love your words “the more we focus on the joys the less impact the hurdles have in our lives….” – love that, Denay! Thanks so much – Conrad is so, so sweet and cute! 🙂

  • I needed this post today – I haven’t had the attitude I should today. Thank you for this reminder!

    I also wanted to drop a note and invite you to come join us at Sunday’s Simple Homemaker Link-Up. Would love to have you link-up!! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-5th-weekly-link-up/

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