Gratitude Attitude

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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.​​       Philippians 4:4-7

Joy increases when we learn to give appropriate attention to the good and beautiful things in life. This is different than distracting ourselves from worries or from the suffering of other. Gratitude for the good gives us resilience and stamina to confront injustice in the world and problems in our own lives.

Leave a comment with 20 things you are grateful for today. Here’s my list:

  1. two wonderful kids
  2. eleven years of marriage
  3. Star Wars Episode VII opening on our wedding anniversary. Woohoo!
  4. an oven with a window
  5. God, who I can and do ask for help, lots
  6. colleagues!
  7. an awesome little neighborhood
  8. a delightful city in which to live and work
  9. a house full of artwork done by five generations of my family
  10. connections to friends from every stage of my life
  11. spotify, and my Advent playlist
  12. some crazy-awesome youth who I get to work with
  13. wool, and the opportunity to wrap myself in it
  14. colors
  15. board games and the geeks who play them with me
  16. Ignatius of Loyola and Jesuits
  17. fandoms and their fic
  18. a community garden
  19. this amazing winter-sowing technique
  20. cuddles
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