Express gratitude for everything around you

By KATE WALSH SOUCHERAY

Is today a day that you got up on the wrong side of the bed? Is it a day that you feel just a little less than your best? If so, can you still correct it or have you gone too far to do so? Can you find time to thank God for this day and all that is in it?

If you can, think of something for which you are grateful. Something small will work just fine, as the size and scope of your gratitude is less important than the fact that you feel it at all.

I’m one of those crazy people who pick up pennies when they see them. I know, there are germs galore all over them. But as I was paying for my gas earlier this week, (I’m also one of those crazy people who walk into the store to pay for my gasoline so I can save 20 cents) I found two pennies on my way. I commented to the lady behind the counter that today would be a lucky day.

She replied, "I think most of your days are probably pretty lucky."

As she said that, I realized that I have the fortunate disposition of being someone who sees the glass as half full. Now that is an inherited quality, as temperament is often inherited. That does not mean I don’t have to work with my nature, for if I wanted to, I could certainly find lots of things to complain about each day.

What are you grateful for today? Is the sun shining as you’re heading off to work and you have plenty of gasoline in the car, you all ate breakfast and you’re ready for the day? As you move about today, watch for things to be grateful for, and then say a small silent thank you to God.

Remember that Jesus took bread and gave thanks to God for everything, even for what was awaiting Him after the Last Supper and His time in the garden. Today, be aware of everything around you and give thanks for it. Enter into this day with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at kate@christianheartcounseling.com or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.

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