Discovering an Attitude of Gratitude

October 18, 2013

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Why is it uncomfortable to be on the receiving end or express my gratitude? Last year I wrote about how I’m used to always being the giver and provider. If someone needed something, anything, more than likely I could get it for them or at the very least point them in the right direction. I prided myself in taking care of others, perhaps even to a fault. It made me began to realize what having an “attitude of gratitude” really means.

Give anf Take

It is so easy to give all things with joy – I don’t care if it’s the shirt off my back – if you need it and I have it, it is yours. I expect absolutely nothing in return. But, being able to receive with that same kind of joy is something different. I pray God doesn’t allow me to quit working on it though, because I wish for someone to feel just as blessed when they give to me as I feel in receiving it.

the joy of giving

Why the hesitation then? I find myself having reservations and fears of what expectations a person has if I accept their help. I’ve had too many experiences with people who have an ulterior motive for giving (even in my own family while growing up.) I realize a lot of that has to do with surrounding myself with criminals while being undercover too, but non-the-less, it is what I’ve experienced the most of. I’m sure you don’t have to hang out with a bunch of thugs in order to relate to this though?

Even as I write, I’m thinking, perhaps past experiences have clouded my hope and perspectives more than I’ve realized… Unfortunately, I just kind of expect the worst to happen, but I was also trained to look for it, so that is where my focus has most often been. That is not how I wish to view the world and people around me anymore though.

Give freely

Blessings! Then there are those who give selflessly and without any other motive than to love and help others like Jesus would. Maybe I shouldn’t feel as surprised, as I often am, to find this in today’s society, because I do know people like this. I am blessed to have friends with the heart of God! So yes, I realize there is plenty good to be found in this world still, even if I haven’t experienced much of it yet myself.

P.S. I hope you find as much inspiration in the ‘related articles’ about having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ as I did while writing this post. There is some really good stuff there, so enjoy!

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15 Comments on “Discovering an Attitude of Gratitude”

  1. Nihar Pradhan Says:

    Gratitude is the right Attitude…and attitude is what makes the difference between being good and being great…we don’t realize the power of attitude. Life is beautiful if we carry the right attitude and attitude of gratitude matters and matters immensely…
    The power of giving is more magical than the power of receiving things…Lovely post!!!

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  2. medicinalmeadows Says:

    Showing my own Gratitude with a big thank you for also liking my post and in appreciation of your post. Many blessings come from positive attitudes, Waves of Gratitude. Lovely heart felt post Jessie I enjoyed reading.

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  3. worshipandswag Says:

    I absolutely relate to what you’ve shared. Often times I’ve been told, “Just say thank you. No need to explain…” They tell me to be “more vulnerable”, not uptight. It’s tiring, I tell you but we have to keep working on ourselves so we can become the best version of ourselves. Blessings, sister! Good to have you back :)

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    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      It’s good to be back sis – thank you! I miss the WordPress family greatly and don’t plan on letting anyone distract me from it again. We shouldn’t ever let go of those who bring out the best in us :) Blessings and warm hugs always!

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  4. brianwilliamsen Says:

    I can totally relate, I’m very similar to what you described as far as being uncomfortable on the receiving end of things. Enjoyed this post, have a good one Jessie!

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  5. lscotthoughts Says:

    I think it is really hard to receive help graciously by simply accepting and it’s something we need to work on every day…and if we do receive help, lets hope it is unconditional, which is what giving is all about anyway…have a good weekend, Jessie, and thanks for your recent visits to my world, too! :)

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