Sunday morning before church, I was thinking about how people have different outlooks and mindsets about their lives. I am, from time to time, in the company of people who just don’t seem to be able to be happy about anything. Recently, it was someone I had never been around before, but this person just put a damper on everything. I suppose at many times in my life I have been that way as well, but I always try to not let it get the best of me. Going through the moments of anxiety and depression that I have faced, I have learned that a good attitude is essential for my well-being. Sometimes I fail (ahem…last night) but I really try my best. It’s hard for me at times to be around people whose attitudes could potentially bring me down. Not to say that I’m not there to listen if someone has a problem or needs help, but those in general who have a lot but can’t seem to be thankful for it.
During our Sunday School lesson at church this weekend, we discussed this very topic. We were asked if we, or people around us, were Eeyores or Poohs? As we all know, Eeyore is the sad, little donkey in the beloved Winnie the Pooh books who is the only guest at his own little pity party, day in and day out. He never has anything positive to say about himself and is quite the pessimist. Pooh on the other hand, is lovable, caring and always there with the right words. He advised Eeyore once to not just sit in his corner of the forest feeling sorry for himself…to go out and seek people and ultimately find things to be grateful for.
An “attitude of gratitude” (thank you Sharon Dunn) can change anyone’s outlook. Yes, life is hard sometimes but if you were to sit down at the end of every day and count the blessings before you and imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have those blessings, how much more grateful would you be? God has blessed you in many ways. If you are reading this, you are alive. Blessing! If you are reading this (even with glasses on) you have your eyesight. Blessing! If you had shelter from today’s rain…Blessing! If you ate breakfast, lunch, dinner…Blessing! If you spoke to someone today, spent time with someone today, went to work, drove your car instead of walked, said I love you, heard I love you…Blessing!
Thank God every day for what you have and He will bless you in so many ways. Changing your attitude to one of thankfulness, will draw people to you, not make them want to turn away. It will show on your face, in your walk, your conversations, everything you do. As Joyce Meyer says, “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”
Choose to be thankful today. Start with thanking God, then thank others around you for all that they do for you. Don’t just sit in your little corner of the forest…
and don’t be an Eeyore!
Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known
throughout the earth – Isaiah 12:5