Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Wednesday Gratitude

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Heidi at Heart and Home is hosting "Wednesday Gratitude" every Wednesday starting today! Being grateful is so important to me, I think it's probably the most important thing I've learned in my life. When I was younger (in my 20s & 30s), I always wanted what I didn't have, I was very envious of people that had a nicer car, a prettier house, more clothes...I could go on and on. I found myself so depressed when I compared myself to other people. Luckily with age comes wisdom and I think I learned somewhere along the way that I need to be grateful for what I have, and I now say to myself every day "I am thankful for...". I really have become a much happier person with thinking positively and having gratitude. It's very uplifting! If you don't do this regularly I think you should give it a try and before you know it, it becomes a habit! So for today's "Wednesday Gratitude" rather than show a material item that I am grateful for, I would like to say that I am very grateful that having gratitude has made me a much happier person!

Heidi's orginal post when she announced Wednesday Gratitude was very good (and oh so true) so I want to put a link to that also! Click here to read that.

28 comments:

vignette design said...

Very well said Cindy. Age does teach us to be more grateful. We have lived long enough to realize that everything is temporary anyway and so we might as well appreciate what we have, while we have it. -Delores

The Tablescaper said...

You're so right. Too bad it takes us awhile to get it. But I guess we should be thankful that we do get it. There are many that still haven't.

- The Tablescaper

Kathysue said...

Cyndi, you are so right, age does give us a wonderful perspective on life. This is a good post and one that makes you think. It is not hard for me to be grateful, it is hard for me to narrow it all down. I guess I could say I am most grateful for the lessons I have learned that allow me to keep things in perspective. There is a little saying that I like," I am not always certain of what will come next, but I AM certain of GOD! I like that and I am very grateful for that assurance. Kathysue

Leann said...

How very true my friend! Wishing you a wonderful day!
Leann

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Cindy, you expressed yourself so well here. I so agree with everything you said!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Lee Laurie said...

I loved this post Cindy. It is so true. We should all be grateful for what we have. We are all blessed.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Cozy Little House said...

You are so right, Cindy. When you see the glass as half full, the world just looks like a better place.
Brenda

ELSIE said...

CINDY~ YOU ARE RIGHT AND SAID IT
VERY WELL. I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL
THIS GRAY HAIR I HAVE...PLUS ALL
THAT COMES ALONG WITH IT. HUBBY,
THREE KIDS AND 5 GRANDKIDS. ETC..
GOD IS GOOD.:o)

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Cindy, you expressed it so prefectly! A while back, I came across an old inspiration file (torn pages from magazines in a folder circa 1970.) It was completely idiotic ha! What was I thinking?

I'm happy to say I have grown significantly since then and strive to enrich my life each day. I have learned to appreciate and cherish what is truly more valuable than material things: family, friends, charity, faith, and laughter.

Cheers!
Tina

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Great post. What a great message:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Susan Wicker said...

Oh yes, Cindy. Attitude of gratitude is definitely where it's at for me. Sarah Brechnach in her book, Simple Abundance, pointed out the importance of gratitude. Since practicing it, my life is enriched, too. Thanks for the post. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Cindy!

Happy Gratitude Day!

I so agree! It is all a state of mind!

Great post thanks for sharing!

love, kelee

Heidi said...

Cindy,
This is so well said! It's all in the attitude, and so many days I've had to remind myself to smile and be thankful. But it does come more quickly and naturally to me now that I'm "of a certain age!" Thanks so much for the support, and the sweet words about my blog!
I appreciate you, my blogging friend.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home
PS isn't it gorgeous today? Grateful for the sunshine!!

thefirstlady said...

Definitely something on my agenda for 2010. Sometimes in the middle of chaos and busyness, we forget to be thankful. Thank you for the reminder.

Wendy said...

Cindy, That is wisdom we all should live by! What a wonderful idea for a party!
Wendy

Joanne Kennedy said...

Very true. I always try to be thankful for what I have rather then being sad over what I don't have.

This is something I've been trying hard to teach my great niece who is 9. If we learn this when we are young we save so many heartaches.

Hugs,
Joanne

Sonia said...

Cindy,

Happy Wednesday! Your post and thoughts are so true..a thankful heart is so important! I am telling myself regulary how grateful I am to have been born in America...I've lived in another country and seen the less fortunate...but they were happy regardless of their material wealth. We know that money or things can't bring ture happiness..I'm grateful I learned that along time ago too! Wonderful post.

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Anonymous said...

Great idea for Gratitude Wednesday!
I think it is so cool to shop at thrift stores and consignment stores now. But when I was in my 20's and 30's I would not shop at a Goodwill store. I love giving what I have away, when I tire of it. Stuff is just clutter unless it has meaning to me. I love my house and my life now that I am in my early 50's! I have a great husband,kids,dogs,friends, and a great job...so I am very grateful for all that I have and all that I can give away.
Thanks, JolieAnne

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Dixie said...

Morning Cindy... (don't you just hate spam? me too!) anyway...

Loved your post... well said. Many years ago, my priest told me that it was good to pray for your needs because God does hear our prayers...however... God already knows what our wants and needs are... and wouldn't it be wonderful, if everyday we prayed a prayer of Thanksgiving... thanking God for all our blessings.

I began that day and continue today to pray that Thanksgiving prayer every morning. It is a reminder to me how deeply blessed I truly am.

Like you, being thankful has made me a much happier person... Wednesday Gratitude... a wonderful idea!

Blessings. Dixie

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Cindy. Love your post today. You are certainly right about being greatful for what we have.
With age comes wisdom, that's for sure.

Debbie

Anonymous said...

Do you have a housekeeper other than yourself who keeps all your things dusted and clean?

Anonymous said...

I find it impossible to have clutter-free bathroom and kitchen surfaces as 1.)I would find it cumbersome to always have to open drawers or closets to get out the daily used items and ...2.) I have NO storage nor any place FOR storage. so I am sorry to say I can't even come close to the lovely display that you create. Such is life.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Anonymous: No, never had anyone clean my house but myself! I don't really mind cleaning house most of the time!

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Wonderful post Cindy. I agree, and I try to be thankful to God everyday for something. Thanks for the link to Heidi's post too.

GWENDOLYN said...

Cindy,
This is a great post. I was just thinking earlier today of how I am contented with so much less than I used to be. I appreciate, peace, love and joy so much more than the things I used to put above them.
Blessings!
Gwen

Polly said...

Cindy, on my craziest days I always remember something I heard once - If the only prayer you ever pray is *Thank You*, it will be enough.

Polly

Shabby Chic Interiors said...

I do congratulate you again for the blog! Would you like to do a banner exchange?

Sarah