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I’ve been reading a short collection of corporate devotions presented by Alan Lurie .Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work (paperback) Lurie is a Jewish rabbi who for several years gave five minute devotions every Monday morning to one of the corporations where he served.
One of his reminders strikes home with helping to deal with the emotional stress of every day life. It’s a simple habit that takes little time or effort, but makes a tremendous difference in the way your day starts and probably the way it progresses and ends.
Lurie notes that the first Jewish prayer of the day is, “I am thankful for having awakened to another day.” That’s not so hard, is it? And when you think of the alternative, it holds a very heartfelt bit of gratitude. God opens our eyes to another set of opportunities to provide value in the world.
From that simple habit, we have a chance to continue the day with an attitude of gratitude for every service provided us and everything we have. Think of the things we take for granted everyday just because we choose to ignore them instead of being grateful for them.
We might think the drive through line at that fast food breakfast place is slow, but what if you had to make that breakfast yourself? Why are you at a fast food place, anyway? Smile and say thanks! Or what about the traffic jam? Are you still moving faster and easier than a horse and buggy or your feet? The good old days weren’t so good after all, were they? Be grateful for the traffic, you could be walking.
Turn your thought patterns around and see how you can make this day positive rather than negative just by starting your day with the Jewish prayer Alan Lurie reminds us to pray, “I am thankful for having awakened to another day.”
How do you stay positive and push the negatives aside?
What difference do you see by maintaining an attitude of gratitude?