Having Gratitude

Having GratitudeRecently, I received a message from someone who stated to me that there was nothing in life worth living for.  I was shocked.  How could this person think that?  Life is filled with so many glorious things.  Yet, the message also brought me back to a time when I was sad, lost and wandering.  Life and its challenges seemed oppressive to me.  I wondered how I would ever survive each challenge.  That is when the most remarkable thing happened.  A gratitude journal.

It started simple.  I began by writing down five things each day for which I was grateful.  My goal was to write down five different things each day.  The first few days didn’t take much effort as I wrote down the names of my family members.  But eventually, I ran out of family members and had to start really thinking.  I noticed things.  I saw things differently.

As we drove up the hill to go home one evening, I noticed all of the wildflowers growing along the side of the road.  Now, I had a lot of time to really look at them because our little car, a Chevrolet Nova, was quite old and would barely make it up the hill.  I became grateful for those little flowers and thought less about the old worn out car which had typified my life as well as my attitude.  I was grateful that I had a roof over my head.  I was grateful for the gospel in my life.  I was even grateful for the little car which provided me more time to observe the wild flowers.

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By Tracy Atkinson

Tracy Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passion is researching, studying and investigating the attributes related to self-directed learners. She has published several titles, including The Art of Learning Journals, Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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