An Attitude of Gratitude
The first thing many of us do when we wake up is to pick our mobile phones to read messages and updates on social media. Are you guilty of this? Because I am.
But do you know what you should do when you open your eyes in the morning?
You should be thankful to God because you have got another opportunity to live again. Others slept and didn’t wake up.
After the HOR election, I maintained a positive mindset. You will not hear me say, ‘I lost’. What I say is, ‘the outcome wasn’t what we expected’.
Let me take you through your daily routine and show you why you should be thankful.
You wake up. Pick your phone to read messages. You’ve got either an android or an IOS phone. Some have both. Think about those using a rubber band to hold their Nokia 3310 in one piece.
Next, you get into your bathroom; you have the option of using either hot or cold water to bathe. Have you thought about those in rural areas who do not have water to drink let alone bathe? Take a moment and say, “Thank You Lord”.
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You are out of the bathroom, and you go to your wardrobe. You have the choice of selecting which outfit matches your shoes, belt, or bag. Stop and think, what about those people living at IDP camps without a roof over their heads. Have you said, “Thank You Lord?”
Then you get into your keyless entry car. Do you know that there are others running to catch the bus while others are using canoes to commute? Do you know that others do not have legs to walk? “Thank You Lord” is what you should be saying.
Whatever you are going through, there are others going through worse. Don’t you think it could have been worse? So why are you not contented?
The late Zig Ziglar once said, “It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that will determine your altitude”. And like my friend, Dr Bassam Hameidi would say, “your attitude is what you say after the phrase “I AM”. For example, if you say ‘I am tired’ you will feel tired. If you say, ‘I am happy’, you will carry a joyful countenance.
After the HOR election, I maintained a positive mindset. You will not hear me say, ‘I lost’. What I say is, ‘the outcome wasn’t what we expected’. I say, “we won” because other candidates were killed e.g. Mr. Oyibo Chukwu, Labour Party’s Enugu East Senatorial Candidate. Others had accidents while others fell ill. In all my door-to-door campaigns, I never fell ill. Others sold their properties or borrowed funds for their campaigns, I did neither. I used my personal funds and support from friends and family.
So, start your day with the right attitude: “I am alive. Thank you, Lord”, “I am successful”, “I am victorious”, “I am excited”, “I am an achiever”, “I am beautiful”, “I am rich”, “I am a winner” etc. This will not be an exaggeration but rather an evaluation of your personal circumstances and being thankful for who you are and what you have achieved.
Develop a daily attitude of gratitude and see how the rest of your day will turn out!