Attitude of Gratitude: Day #1

The English author Aldous Huxley wrote, “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”  Sad.  So, per Pres. Monson’s  suggestion, I have decided to rise to the “Attitude of Gratitude” challenge.  Granted, not everything I am grateful for is earth-shatteringly bright.  But sometimes it’s the simple things that make my life easier.  They should not be overlooked.  For example, today I am grateful for paper plates, HOV lanes, and caller ID.  See, those items didn’t bring a tear to your eye or make you feel overwhelmed with emotion did they?  But, I bet as you read them you thought, “yeah, those are pretty great things!”  I can’t imagine a hot dog roast at my house without paper plates.  No, flippin’, way.  I would rather spend my time doing the s’more thing with the fam than in the house doing dishes.  Paper plates allow me the pleasure of burning my own marhsmallows and eating them one layer at a time.  Fabulousness.  Thank you paper plates.  (and plastic forks/knives/spoons etc.)

HOV lanes.  I cannot tell you how many times we have decided to go on a date that required freeway travel *during* rush hour traffic.  Poor timing on our parts.  However, due to the great HOV concept, we are most times able to fly right on past all of those poor people stuck in the mayhem of gridlock traffic.    Suckers.  Or we decide to go to Greg’s parents’ house last minute and we also get caught up in the Friday bumper to bumper dance.  Once we hit the areas that have HOV, we are all happy campers to slide on over to the left lane and get over that river and threw them woods just a little bit faster.  Thank you HOV lanes!

Caller ID.  Seriously.  I should not have to explain this one.  Especially right now, during election time.  QUIT CALLING!!!  YOU ARE NOT CHANGING HOW I VOTE!!!   I have to say here that phones are a convenience for ME, not you.  If you are calling me and we are eating dinner, in the midst of Family Movie Night, or reading – leave a message.  So, I guess that not only am I grateful for caller ID to avoid the phone calls I don’t want to participate in, but for the ability to postpone the conversations I *do*  want to have, but miss.    Thank you Caller ID, and voicemail.

What little things are YOU grateful for?  The simple gems that you take for granted every day but once you think about them you would feel a bit more frazzled without them.  Aren’t you excited to know that tomorow you’ll find out what else I am grateful for?  🙂  Be prepared, I have a craft in mind . . .

5 comments on “Attitude of Gratitude: Day #1

  1. Andrea Barton November 2, 2010 12:57 AM

    Love your messages Mandi!

  2. mandi November 2, 2010 2:03 AM

    Thank you Andrea! You were a great inspiration.

  3. Tammy November 2, 2010 3:42 AM

    Can I tell you again how much I LOVE reading your blog???!! You always remind me of all the simple and often overlooked things I take for granted…..hugs to you Mandi!

  4. mandi November 2, 2010 4:06 AM

    I am grateful for hugs! 🙂

  5. Kristy November 3, 2010 3:39 PM

    I am grateful for warm running water! Have you ever noticed how relaxing a warm shower or bath can be?! Or when your hands never feel clean rinsed in cold water but the minute it gets warm the germs seem to be zapped away?! Warm running water gets my vote! 🙂

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