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Attitude of Gratitude

March 23, 2010

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.

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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.

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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.”
-Voltaire

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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.

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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!

(This post is part of the Moms’ 30-Minute Blog Challenge at Steady Mom.)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2010 1:50 pm

    I agree – I try so hard with my children… I want them to show that “attitude of gratitude” but it must first come from their heart. That is the hard part…Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. March 23, 2010 5:49 pm

    A lot of times I find that badditude starts with me and trickles down. Fortunately the opposite can be true as well.

  3. Emily permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:00 pm

    I love that you make light of it with “baditude”….in past relationships, I never had an easy time hearing OR saying “You have a bad attitude today” because well…its a bit abrasive and tends to cause more behavior of the same kind. Addressing someone with a raunchy attitude is hard…. At least ‘baditude’ is a way to try and keep things from feeling so heavy, while improving upon the situation!

  4. March 24, 2010 4:29 pm

    Oh I am going to put the baditude straight into my vocabulary!!! Love it!!! I think it might just be the word to keep the whole “event” from spiraling down, I am all for keeping things light!!!

  5. Ben Paxson permalink
    March 26, 2010 11:39 am

    lol

    Ben is proud…

    My apprentices are creating their own words.
    How Malifitent!

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