A Good Little Reminder About Gratitude

I came across this saying by Amy Weatherly:

“Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude is a key component to joy.”

– Amy Weatherly

We all have days when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Feeling prickly, it might be harder for us to see the things in our day that make us smile and easier to stay locked in misery, building on the bad mood that found us somewhere along the way.

This is where some focus and perception can come into play as we recognize that perhaps we have some say in the direction of our mind sight. Purposefully and consciously deciding to look for the blessings in our day will allow us to feel thankful, which in turn creates a greater sense of contentedness. We always feel whole when in a grateful state.

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2 thoughts on “A Good Little Reminder About Gratitude”

  1. The joke concerns twin boys of five or six. Worried that the boys had developed extreme personalities – one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist – their parents took them to a psychiatrist.”

    “First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. ‘What’s the matter?’ the psychiatrist asked, baffled. ‘Don’t you want to play with any of the toys?’ ‘Yes,’ the little boy bawled, ‘but if I did I’d only break them.’”

    “Next the psychiatrist treated the optimist. Trying to dampen his out look, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist emitted just the yelp of delight the psychiatrist had been hoping to hear from his brother, the pessimist. Then he clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop with his bare hands. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ the psychiatrist asked, just as baffled by the optimist as he had been by the pessimist. ‘With all this manure,’ the little boy replied, beaming, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!’”
    While life is certainly not this simple, I am always able to smile a bit when I tell myself there’s gotta be a pony in here somewhere.(pasted this version from Google)


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