“Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?”
―Dennis and Wendy Mannering
While ironing yesterday, I overheard an interview. The person said, he wakes up and sets a timer. He spends the first 10 minutes of his day, being grateful. period. He lists all the people, animals, things, moments, reasons that he is grateful. He keeps this up for a full 10 minutes every single day of his life.
Interesting. What if I tried that? What if instead of going quickly through my “grocery list” of prayers, yoga stretches and reviewing in my head, the things to do list……..I was plain and simply grateful?
Oh sure, throughout the day, I find myself saying, wow, I am so grateful I have a working car. I am so grateful for fresh vegetables and fruits. I am grateful my phone rang and it was one of my kids (get this………….just wanting to talk, while he walked the dog and pushing the baby stroller). I am grateful my daughter in-laws like to send me a quick text now and then throughout the day.
You can be sure, this girl is a very grateful girl. I live my life that way.
I try and keep an open mind. (Hopefully good will sneak in and the brains and other stuff don’t fall out.. haha) Maybe I could be more grateful. More gracious about all that surrounds me. Maybe if I took the time, the grateful attitude would be so embedded in me that others would notice my attitude. The attitude would be contagious.
I wanted to give it a try. 10 minutes of being in the moment. 10 minutes of being grateful. 10 minutes before the daily chores get in the way and the phone starts and life gets swirling.
Surprise, 10 minutes went by in a wink of an eye. I had more stuff to be thankful for than just a measly 10 minutes. I will continue my list tomorrow. This is a cinch!
Geesh, I can fill 10 minutes with non stop gratitude.
the sun glistening off the wet leaves
the sleeping dog companion by my side
steaming cup of coffee this morning
a second cup of coffee, ha
a niece who sent her school picture to us
coming home from vacation
an exercise bike
my health today
4 adult “kids”
oodles of gourds and pumpkins to decorate with
friends that send me things to occupy my brain while I eat my medicine
a niece who keeps us in the loop at her fancy job
the ability to pay for my health regimen
friends that send me a text to check in
friends that send me polka dot spatulas
friends that send me polka dot napkins and rings
2 grand girlies
friends that send me Halloween treats
3 week old grand
figuring out banking issues
My sister-in-law and her health
chickens that have offered 427 eggs
natural hair conditioner
sense of humor
morning notes from Mr. Right
smooches from Mr. Right
playing Scrabble with Mr. Right
looking through pictures with Mr. Right
holding hands with Mr. Right
singing to 1970’s music with Mr. Right
riding in a car with Mr. Right
debating with Mr. Right
Quick!!!!!! How many things can you list that you are grateful for in just 10 minutes?