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gratitude is an attitude

I started this Thanksgiving morning the way I start nearly every morning: by making coffee in my French press.  I’m usually up before the sun, turning on as few lights as possible — easing into my day.  For today’s coffee, I chose home-roasted beans from Peru.

Life is good.

Sure, not everything in life is good.  We face disappointments, downturns, and diseases.  Difficult stretches sometimes seem to stretch on forever.  We’re reminded, “This too shall pass,” but we’re not told when or how.  Not all of life is easy, or sweet, or good.  Some things in life just stink to high heaven.

But today, of all days, I’m choosing to have an attitude of gratitude.

I’m grateful for …

  • My family — past, present, and yet to come
  • My health
  • My faith
  • My friends
  • My future
  • My hope
  • My opportunities
  • My abilities
  • My encouragers
  • My critics
  • My dreams
  • My coffee bean roasting machine

In the end, I would rather live with an attitude of gratitude than to walk around in constant despair.

How about you?  What are you grateful for?