Attitude of Gratitude

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Melanie asks if we think gratitude is necessary. For a contented life, in my case, it is definitely necessary. The last man I dated wondered how I could be grateful for anything if I didn’t believe in God. That’s pretty narrow-minded and judgy, in my opinion. I am grateful every day for the good things in my life, even if I am not thanking some Guy in the Sky for them. I respect other views, but personally I have not experienced a glimpse of the supernatural, except in feverish dreams.

Part of the reason I feel grateful is because there is so much badness in the world, yet I am lucky enough to have kind and successful daughters, two sweet grands, a loving kitty, a happy living situation, and a good job. When I start to moan about my back hurting or the horrible traffic or whatever unpleasant thing, it helps me to think of the positives. It doesn’t take the pain away, but focusing on gratitude for the good keeps me from narrowing my emotional aspect to the bad.

Also, I’ve made a lot of dumb mistakes, and I have rightfully been invoiced for them. Not by a god, but by the direct consequences of actions. Meanwhile, I’ve worked hard and been rewarded for that, mostly. I am constantly thankful for my perseverance in unfortunate circumstances and for the good people in my life who have helped me. Things could be worse… and I’m grateful they aren’t!


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27 responses to “Attitude of Gratitude

  1. It sounds like we have a LOT in common. One particular thing that always causes me to pause – when religious people thank god for something that required a lot of people to work hard to achieve. I suppose medical science would be the most obvious example.

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  2. Gratitude makes us aware of thing we take for granted

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  3. That’s a weird idea that there can only be gratitude if there is God. I say as long as there are furry companions, there will always be gratitude.

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  4. Gratitude is a great attitude.

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  5. Absolutely! Being grateful doesn’t make the sucky any less sucky, but it keeps me from missing out on the awesome that’s part of life too.💕

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  6. I’ve been told that as an atheist I can’t possibly be a moral person because morality comes from God. And I can’t distinguish between right and wrong or good and evil because to do so requires God. And being grateful, uh uh. One can only be grateful to the gifts God.l has bestowed upon us. 🤦🏼‍♂️

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  7. This is wonderful, Paula 🙂

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  8. Wowww amazing! That cut looking beautiful and pretty. 😊😊😍

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  9. Hey Paula, a jolly good morning to you 🙂

    Universal Greetings

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  10. Very nice point of view Paula. Fanatics or zealots on any subject are wrong. Well, in my opinion, and because I don’t want to be seen as either of those!
    :-O !! I do believe in God, but I hope I’ve never said that my God has to look a certain way nor do I disrespect those who don’t believe. To me, that’s not what Jesus taught us to do. He was about tolerance and acceptance and being of service to your fellow man. That (to me) means allowing your fellow man to do their thing their way. There is the whole Old Testament thing of course. That God? A zealot. Black and white thinking. Faith is faith, regardless of what one is believing in. Thanks for a great post!

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  11. One time at work we were all talking about what it would be like to win the lottery, and one of us (not me) said, actually, we are all of us winners in the cosmic lottery. It’s always been difficult for me to think about it in that way, probably because it is so true. And it seems so shallow to be grateful for something that I don’t really deserve, anyway.

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  12. Agree re connection between gratitude and contentment. Counting one’s blessings is a great way to keep both anxiety and ego in check! I am grateful that where I am and how I got here happened with more good than bad, and I try to have faith that that is also how it will continue.

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  13. I needed this bit of insight to start my day off right. Thanks! Having a gratitude practice has helped me a lot!

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