“When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.” — President Gordon B. Hinckley
That is an inspiring quote for me to remember. Some days it reminds me to merely walk, and be grateful to be doing so. There are so many moments and days and weeks that go by where it’s easy to feel less than and helpless/hopeless. Especially in this day and age where comparisons are so readily in your face – literally everywhere you turn – thanks to the wonders of technology. When that dark hole of “I’m not enough” or “I’m unworthy” or “Why me?” or even “What’s wrong with me?”spreads its blurry edges in my direction, beckoning me give it all control, I struggle for anything solid to dig my fingernails into.
It never fails. Even though I may feel like I am on the brink of quietly being absorbed by the hole, I always come up with some thing, no matter how small, that I can be grateful for. Gratitude has been a life saver for me more times than I can count.
“We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.” —Thomas S. Monson
There’s a child’s game, “I Spy”, that is a popular mode of passing time and getting a restless child to focus on something besides a boring car ride or a lengthy wait of time. A lot of concentration and insight is needed to figure out what those little eyes have spied. Adults should also be fascinated with the game, possibly using it as that safety rope to grab onto to pull out of the hole.
For a recent lesson on Gratitude, the handout I made was an “I Spy” bottle. Inside, amid many grains of rice, were beads which spelled out G-R-A-T-I-T-U-D-E. The rice represents everything that is thrown at us at any given moment – good or bad.
Sometimes all nine letters can be found without much difficulty. Wah-lah! We’re back on our feet and moving forward.
Other times, maybe only a letter or two can be found. But the smallest, basic thing to be grateful for is a start.
“I can smile”
“I had food for breakfast today”
“There’s gas in my vehicle”
Personally, I have come to realize that as “I Spy” the little things, I soon come to spy larger, longer lasting blessings in my life.
“I can make choices”
“I am loved”
“I have a Savior who has traveled this road”
So, play with me. “I spy with my two little eyes…something that starts with the letter ‘G’.”