I am in the middle of the most amazing Bible study--a marriage study, actually--but for me, it's going beyond my marriage to my heart on a day to day basis. One of the early topics in the study (from this book) was nagging and complaining, specifically about your husband, and don't you know that I got on my high horse and said to myself, "well, this chapter isn't talking about me because I don't complain about my husband." PJ even said that "nagging isn't my spiritual gift," which I took in the most positive way possible, obviously. But then, I put on my GRIPES BE GONE bracelet and was promptly hit by a truck. A whining, negative, complaining truck. It might be true that I do not often complain about my husband (because really, he's pretty freaking awesome), but I very often complain about EVERYTHING ELSE. You name it, I whine about it.
I really don't want to be a negative person. Negativity seems to breed more of itself, and that's the last thing I want to promote. There's plenty of that stuff in the world without my adding to it. I would like to be a positive person, the one others go to for a good pick-me-up. An encouragement. I went back and read some of the posts I wrote in my original 30 days of gratitude series, and it felt good, so good, to remember the uplifting things, even if they were simple. And so here I am, back with 30 days of gratitude again. I can always use a little extra gratitude in my life, but it feels especially important this year.
Day 1: I am thankful for a little purple bracelet that holds me accountable for keeping a positive attitude. I need it so badly.