Finding Gratitude

gratitude, food for thought

One of my favorite things in the world is to get a gift for no reason. No birthday, no holiday, just because someone was thinking of me. It can be as simple as a bag of M&M’s or a card in the mail. I have a favorite T-shirt that Matt sent me, he was at a concert, saw it, and thought of me. Imagine, a 31-year-old at a concert and he thinks of his mom. It warms my heart. It reads, “Make America Grateful Again”, with a Grateful Dead logo. I love this shirt, I love the saying, and I love that it’s from Matt.

Make America Grateful Again. We all need to work on that. People forget the hundreds of things that go right every day and instead focus on the three or four that go wrong. It’s time to change our focus. Daily gratitude does just that. 

Here’s a wonderful poem that shows how to turn negatives into gratitude.


For the teenager who is not doing dishes but he’s watching TV because that means he is at home and not on the streets.

For the taxes I pay, because it means that I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat. 

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I’m out in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government because it means that we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot, I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I’m capable of walking but I’ve been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.

For aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I’ve been capable of working hard. 

For the alarm that goes off in the morning hours, because it means that I am alive.

Change your perspective, and find the positive in the negative. So much to be grateful for.

–  author unknown

I hope this poem teaches you how to find gratitude even in difficult situations. It’s a wonderful way to look at life. 

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8 thoughts on “Finding Gratitude”

  1. Love these reminders on gratitude Jackie and the wonderful memory and gift from Matt. So grateful that you have these treasures. Thank you for sharing them and him, with us.

  2. Love it!!! ❤️🙏🏻❤️

    So incredibly true!🥰

    We all need to take more time and energy for gratitude!!!!❤️😘❤️

  3. thanks for reminding us to stop and think about all the things we need to be grateful for. Love that he thought of you at a concert and I am sure that is such a warm and wonderful memory for you and you wear that tee shirt proud! Take care Ron and Jackie,


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