Attitude of Gratitude

One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity .Edward de Bono

I have for the past several days taken and worked at my exercises. I am progressing slowly, but some of those things were things that I never thought about when doing them. One of those things is putting on long legged pants. Since I cannot bend I have to use a tool called a “reacher”. I have conquered that task and I was elated when I did it correctly on the first try.

Yesterday, I made a small step towards being able to go outside. I was able to walk down my ramp to the first landing, then making it back to my living room. I realize that this seems trivial until you have to teach yourself how to do something using a new technique. Each day has caused me to know how I took things for granted when I had two good operating hips.

For instance, I have been shown what a true friend is. I met my best friend in the latter part of the nineties. It was a basic friendship, basically cordial and someone to visit. My friendship with my best friend has grown into more like a family. His mother used to tell people, “he’s my son of another mother” when speaking about me. He is more than just a friend now for I consider him to be the big brother I never had.

During this whole journey with my hip he has went far and beyond. He has been cooking meals for me and while I was in the hospital he watched my house. He walked through the pre-op along with me which was about six hours. I tell him many times a day how much I appreciate all that he has done.

I have realized that even the little things deserve our gratitude. Even while in the hospital I always told the nurses how much I admire and am thankful for all the work they do for their patients.

So dear reader, I wonder what little things you are thankful for. Is there something that you have come to the conclusion that you have taken it for granted?

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  1. ashleyleia

    I’m impressed that you were able to master using the reacher on the first try! I’m rather clumsy and I highly doubt I’d get it right first try. Also, that’s great that you were able to go up and down the ramp! Given how recently you had surgery, I think that’s great progress.

    I think it really makes a difference to have an attitude of gratitude. Each day I write down in my journal something that I’m grateful for.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      I love the idea of using a Gratitude Journal1

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    2. Halbarbera

      A journal is a good way to go and grow!

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  2. Renee🌻

    The little (big) things matter the most! Things we take for granted…like turning a faucet on and drawing a bath is one we take for granted.
    When my mom was young, she talked about how things were without electricity and running water. They had to collect water from the nearby spring and boil the water on a fire just to have hot water! And they had to make several trips just to have a bath. We are so so blessed today.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you so much Renee for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. cctechm777

    Greetings, I’ve come to your blog, due to you liking a comment I made on “Cheriewhite’s” blog on Suicide. I see from your home page that you shared about struggles with “bipolar”, I’ve suffered from it as well. It’s a “mental health” issue that the Lord, through the decades, has always been with me every step of the way. I am grateful for those days when I am feeling “normal”, but in my “weakness” I am made strong by and through the Grace of the Lord as He allows me to have those moments.
    Like your physical problems with your hips, mine is more “mental”, and emotional. I would ask if you could read my testimony, on how the Lord’s Mercy, came and saved me.
    Here is the link:

    I am very happy for you that the Lord has provided such a dear friend to assist you in so many ways.
    May His named be praised. I do not suffer from such “physical” problems with one exception of having issues with my “sciatic” nerve problem lower back, which can come and go. Right now I’m not suffering from it’s “tinge”, I just need to keep or try to do my stretching workout’s so that it does not get to bad.

    I am grateful also for those wonderful moments of being one with the Lord, for it is within our certain afflictions and trials, which causes us to press into Him, because He is the only one that can comfort us during those many “spiritual valley’s” which we go through. I am grateful for His creation, the trees, the birds, flowers, sunny days, cloudy days, rain, snow, cold and heat…….as His Good word states, from Ecclesiastes 3: 1 Ecc 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    Actually this week I’ve been reading from this chapter, and I’ve come to understand it in more of a deeper way.

    I am now following your blog, and look forward to reading your postings. So the Lord bless you and keep you, and I shall pray for you.

    Lord bless you.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you so much for your input! God bless!

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  5. Stacey Lynn

    I am so glad to hear you are making progress! Yes, every little step is, nevertheless, A STEP, praise God! I love your talk of gratitude, even and especially in the small things! For instance, just last night, my daughter came to me and asked me if I knew where our chopsticks were. We are in the process of moving and the chopsticks, unbeknownst to her, had already been packed. When I told her that, she immediately began to tell me how much she DIDN’T need them, although I knew there was a certain way she prepares the egg for her ramen and really uses the chopstick. Normally, she and I both would feel bad about the situation, but drop it and forget everything. But this time, I got up and went to the room where all our already packed boxes are stacked and we went through all the boxes labeled “kitchen”. Of course she, with her severe anxiety in tow, kept telling me how unnecessary it was, and I kept telling her it was no big deal.

    We finally found the chopsticks, and she lit up with joy, lol! After we had gotten situated back in our respective rooms, I texted her and said, “You know, I’m really glad you asked about those chopsticks. That is going to be one of the best memories about our last few days here… digging through those boxes together to find the proverbial needle in the haystack, lol.” She said I was easily amused 🙂 But I told her, we are going to reminisce so much when we unpack that box with the chopsticks!

    It really IS the little things, and if we don’t grab hold of them while they are here, like a vapor, they will be gone. And I have determined to make the most of them all, which is why this post really stood out to me. Praying you have a speedy and swift recovery!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you Stacey Lynn! It truly is the little things that we should be thankful for. We sometimes overlook them.

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