I hope you’ve been enjoying my Power of One series. I’ve enjoyed writing it! We’ve been thinking about how the number one can improve our lives. Today, one attitude is next.
You’ve probably heard before that “attitude is a little thing that can make a big difference.” How true!
I’ve faced a lot of challenges over the last five years. I am a special needs mom. That alone presents plenty of challenges. I have fibromyalgia. My husband has been through two layoffs during already tough economic times. Amid the meltdowns (my son’s and, yes, my own) and moments of panic, it is easy to choose anger and complaining. Especially when we didn’t cause the problems, right?
I’ve seen how worry, anger, and complaining affects people. I’ve seen how those choices affect me, and thus my family, when I become crabby or paralyzed. I did not want to continue down that path. So, a few years ago I made a conscious decision to, for lack of better words, embrace gratitude. I know that sounds very trendy since we see gratitude splattered everywhere–the internet, books, gifts, and more. However, this was very deliberate. God often talks in the Bible about our attitudes and thoughts. The Bible has been around much longer than the gratitude trend.
Why would this trend catch on, anyway? Because it’s true. The way you think affects your mood, your behavior, your family and friends, well, your life! Is it easy? No. Can it be done? Yes.
Can I tell you what I do?
When I’m mad that I am cleaning up yet ANOTHER bathroom accident when my child is five or seven, I pause. I remind myself that there are many parents who wish they still had a child to clean up after. When I want to scream in frustration and throw something because I just don’t know how to help my child with Asperger’s syndrome and he’s in my room screaming and throwing things, I take a moment to thank God that my son can talk and walk. When I am tired of picking up my husband’s clothes and belongings off the floor, I remind myself that I’ve done far worse.
Am I always quick to be thankful? No. Most definitely no. Is it worth making this one change? Yes. Most definitely yes.