Attitude of Gratitude
We have something in our house. It’s sneaky. And rotten. And it’s habitat of choice is in our mouths and brains.
It’s a badditude. It is, unfortunately, neither rare nor elusive. It gets its name from the blending of two words, making it easy to recognize:
Bad + Attitude = Badditude.
Scott and I created this word quite a few years ago and have been calling each other out with it ever since. It’s a fairly harmless (and often humorous) way of confronting the ugliness that comes from a bad attitude. It’s the kind of thing I can see us using with our kids as they grow, too. It just fits us.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that a badditude is an acceptable behavior in our home. And that’s where we need more of this:
An attitude of gratitude.
An attitude of gratitude can be so easy to adopt. It’s not too tough to look around and find something to be grateful for among nature, our experiences, or our possessions: Springtime flowers. A walk at the park. Our homes. So we start with these things.
But to really have an attitude of gratitude, we need to start appreciating others. I believe that once you can become grateful for something, you can start to become more grateful for someone. Eventually, your whole spirit is expressing an attitude of gratitude.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing:
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
Getting from a badditude to an attitude of gratitude…
Get real. Honestly evaluate what’s leading to your badditude. Weather? Lack of sleep? Poor eating habits? Disappointment with yourself? A relationship that needs mending?
Get with it or get over it. Obviously, we can’t change the weather (besides, someone probably loves the weather you hate… so let them have a cloudy day every now and then). But it is always within your power to change your badditude. So correct whatever’s getting you down. Don’t put off the tough stuff anymore, and don’t keep waiting till such-and-such a day to change unhealthy habits.
Get inspired. Step outside. Turn on the tunes. Grab a spatula. Read. Talk to a friend. Create. This is the start to finding gratitude again.
Get going. Cultivate gratefulness silently and habitually — treasure these blessings in your heart or write them down. Then cultivate gratitude out loud — share your gratitude with someone in writing or in person.
While I don’t think this will become a series, I do hope to talk about it a little more in the coming days. I’d love to hear your comments and ideas!