Many's the time that we feasted
And many's the time that we fasted
Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted
We did have fun and no harm done
And thanks for the memory
Ella Fitzgerald — Thanks for the Memory
At a recent meeting, the lead topic was gratitude. As people started to share around the room, I heard a theme about attitude. And I remembered a definition of “attitude” that I had heard in an AA speaker talk: “the orientation or angle of approach of an aircraft”. In other words, my “attitude” is the way that I approach something. In my case, it is about how I approach the change in this podcast. I can be saddened, anxious, or even resentful that the change happened. But I can also be grateful for what we have done together. It's all in my attitude — my angle of approach.
When I take that attitude, I know that there is much for me to be grateful for. We did a fine thing, and we had fun doing it. When I take that attitude, I can start from what we did and continue to build the podcast. When I take that attitude, I increase my serenity and reduce my anxiety.
I am also immensely grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from you, our listeners. I want to reply to each of you individually, and I will. Right now, my feelings overwhelm me with each new email. Please believe that, even if I have not written back, that I deeply appreciate each and every message.
A meditation for November 1, 2013.
2 comments on “gratitude attitude – a meditation”
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So glad you can feel the love that is definitely headed your way Spencer.
I’ve heard in rooms you can’t be grateful and resentful
At the same time. This has been so true for me. Only time can
Give us perspective. When change occurs, we
Forget that this is part of our HP’s plan for us. We
Must have faith that he knows what’s best. In a year from
Now, I have faith that you’ll be grateful for this change,
We don’t know the great things that are to come. But
An attitude of gratitude and trust in your HP will get you and us
(The listeners) through this fearful time. Thank you
For choosing faith not fear.