My little Mary forgot her lunch today and after I dropped it off at her school and left the building I said to myself “I’m going to see how many things I can be grateful for before I get back to my car.
Here’s what i came up with…
Thank you for the trees
Thank you for the certainty of Spring coming
Thank you that all these cars are filled with people
who get to be alive another day
Thank you for the sound of the birds
Thank you for this safe school
Thank you for how nice it is for Mary
Thank you for teachers coming to work everyday
Thank you that I am healthy enough to be out today
Thank you that I can walk
Thank you that I have a car to take me where I need to go
Thank you that I get to spend the day at the Heartworks House
Thank you that my girls are healthy enough to go to school
Thank you that when Mary forgets her lunch, my day is flexible enough that I can bring it to her
Thank you for heat in my car
Thank you that the people who I love who are sick feel OK today
Thank you for the reminder to choose gratitude
Thank you for how gratitude makes me feel
Thank you for friends who also want to practice gratitude
Thank you for everything
When I got in the car to drive away I felt sooo much more connected to God than I did when I arrived with the lunchbox. So then I felt thankful for that too.
If we practice gratitude consistently enough, it becomes a natural response and has the potential to change the course of the day.