Saturday, November 6, 2010

Gratitude #1

We are already 6 days into the month and I meant to be more grateful. I was going to copy the idea of blogging each day about the things I am grateful for.

I have been putting on that on the back burner. Life is crazy. Then yesterday was so not a good day that I realized how much I really need to focus on some gratitude.

We were recently reminded of this important principle and virtue in our General Conference meeting. Our living prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson, said,
"My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love...
We have all experienced times when our focus is on what we lack rather than on our blessings. Said the Greek philosopher Epictetus, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”5
When we encounter challenges and problems in our lives, it is often difficult for us to focus on our blessings. However, if we reach deep enough and look hard enough, we will be able to feel and recognize just how much we have been given."
The rest of his talk can be read here.

So for yesterday - so thankful for a night out (dinner and a movie) with friends that we don't get to see that often (which is silly, really).

And for friends who took care of Quinn for many LONG hours.


Alissa said...

We had a great time, too. Let's just do it again sooner this time.

Dayna said...

I have to remind myself this all the time. Its so easy for me to dwell on what I don't have and what I really want (and all too often don't need). I really love this talk.