An Attitude of Gratitude
Yes, it’s hard for me to believe it sometimes, but it’s true!
I am a mom, step mom, daughter, sister, and last but certainly not least, the wife of a pastor. I am not by any means superhuman, but I do wear lots of hats!
Dr. Lisa and I have learned a great deal from each other, and I must say that I think we also have learned a great deal from our patients as well! Lisa has asked me to write articles for our new website. And SO, it is my privilege to write for you!
I will be most happy to know what YOU would like to hear about in our blogs. So, please don’t hesitate to let me and Dr. Lisa know what you think and where your interests lie!
Tonight, as I sit at my computer, having just come from listening to a wonderful and thought-provoking sermon, I feel compelled to write about the practice of gratitude. In this world where we all have so much, we take much of it for granted, and it is so easy to forget about the good in our lives and focus on the bad.
I have a friend who is constantly negative. Nothing is ever right or good in her life. She does have health problems. I know that is what is driving part of the negativity. But I see many patients every week who have serious health issues, and they remain positive. They are always looking at the blessings in their lives instead of focusing on the difficult aspects of their physical or mental health. This is not an easy discipline. And, I am sure they have times when their problems do get them down.
As a whole, the patients and all of us who practice being positive about our lives, have the best quality of life. We are actually able to take better care of ourselves, because we value the goodness in our lives, no matter now small. We are determined not to focus on illness or misfortune.
Many patients who are hurting still really want to know how I and my family are doing. That humbles me, because I know they are suffering much more than I am! What sets them apart from others who are not doing as well often seems to be their faith.
On my hardest days, I try to be aware of everything that is good in my life. I am so blessed to have a husband who loves me, good friends, wonderful children, and a bed to sleep in at night, not to mention a job that I love! I try to give a smile to someone who has none, and most of the time I actually get a smile back!
The author Anne LaMott has said that she has at least two prayers every day:
the first is when she wakes in the morning, and it is “Help me, help me, help me”,
and the last is before she goes to sleep at night, “Thank you, thank you, thank you”.
A good mantra, don’t you think?
Think of at least one thing you are grateful for every day, and I promise you, it will change your life!!!
Till next time,
Nurse Anne, RN