Attitude of Gratitude

Most of us can think of loads of different ways that our lives could be better. In fact, it’s often a conversation we are willing to have with as many people as we can, as long as they will listen. Although there’s nothing wrong with wanting more and striving to get more, there’s a lot to be said about what we already have. Learning to practice an attitude of gratitude seems to amplify what we have and make it enough, as we strive for more. However, there’s something to be said about appreciating what we already have. The benefits abound.
The Hope, Happiness, and Health Factor

<a href=”http://www.newsweek.com/5-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude-398582″>Grateful people</a> are happier people. They have more hope and enjoy the moments that make up the content of their lives. On top of these wonderful benefits, they tend to be healthier people in general. They take care of themselves and tend to have fewer aches and pains. Because they tend to be happy with what they have, those 100% long staple cotton sheets are the equivalent of 3000 thread count sheets for them. They are willing to enjoy what they have on the way to building a better life.
Grateful People are More Helpful & Empathetic

People that appreciate what they have are often more helpful towards others and less judgmental and aggressive. Instead, they tend to be the types of people that put themselves in other people’s shoes and show more empathy.
Grateful People Possess a Strong Resilience

Grateful people have a mental strength that allows them to get through and overcome difficult obstacles. Even Vietnam Vets who exercised an attitude of gratitude had fewer incidences of post-traumatic stress syndrome than those who didn’t. Gratitude has a magical way of padding our experiences by creating a buffer between us and the world. This buffer allows us to give thanks for what we have and wraps us in loving protection so that we are able to better weather the storms in life.
Appreciating what we have builds character. When we give thanks we are more helpful, happy, empathetic, healthy, and resilient. These are all beneficial qualities to have as we navigate this thing called life. Furthermore, gratitude helps us to live in the now instead of wishing for better days all the time. In essence, gratitude helps us to enjoy the journey.

Single Parent? How To Meet Someone New

As a single parent looking for love, finding the time to meet potential dates can be tough. What’s more, it’s not only yourself you need to take into account. If a relationship begins to develop, your children will always be the priority, so taking a sensitive approach to bringing someone new into their lives is important.
If you are looking for love, how can you go about it and what should you expect if romance blossoms?

Confidence in yourself

To begin with, ask yourself why you are looking for someone new. If you are feeling happy and confident, then you are in the best position to start looking. If you feel you are not taking enough time for yourself, why not make an effort to spend time with close friends or family members who always make you feel good?

Finding the time

One big reason why dating as a parent is so difficult is the time factor. If you are struggling to find a moment between working and picking up the kids and would rather collapse after a full day than head for a night out, here are some ways to meet people around your busy schedule:

Evening classes
It will only mean finding a babysitter for a couple of hours a week, and it’s a great chance to meet someone who shares your interests.

Speed dating

A popular way of meeting as many people as possible in the shortest space of time, speed dating is for those able to show off their best points in 30 seconds, like a sort of romantic elevator pitch.

Online dating

With online dating you can meet people from the comfort of your own home and take as much or as little time as you like to get to know them. There are lots of websites, each with a different focus, so find the right one for you before you get started. There are niche sites for people with specific interests or beliefs, while internet dating with eHarmony UK will mean you meet people looking for long-term relationships.

Mutual friends
Meeting through mutual friends can be another way of finding a partner, but beware of being set up at every event you attend!

First-date nerves

Having worked up the courage to arrange a date, you are inevitably going to feel a spot of first-date nerves. But remember that you may already know something about each other: if you met on a dating site, your online personality profile shouldn’t have gone to waste, and if you met at an evening class, you will know you have shared interests!

Introducing the children

If things develop, be sensitive to your children’s feelings when introducing your new partner. Although things may be difficult at first, being upfront and understanding will allow them to be accepting in their own time. Take a deep breath and enjoy the first steps of a new romance.

A Short Prayer

Dear God,

The woman reading this is kind and I am proud of her. Please help her to live life to the fullest and bless her to excel in her chosen field. Help her shine in the darkest places and let love flow in her path. Please protect her at all times, lift her up when she needs you most.

A Story: Breakfast At McDonald’s

I received this from an email. I prefer to blog this instead of sending by email:

This is a good story and is true, please read it all the way through until the end! (After the story, there are some very interesting facts!):

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology.

The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.

Her last project of the term was called, ‘Smile.’

The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So I thought this would be a piece of cake.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning.

It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.

We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.

I did not move an inch… an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was ‘smiling’.

His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance.

He said, ‘Good day’ as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.

The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.

He said, ‘Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.

That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.

I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, ‘Thank you.’

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, ‘I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.’

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, ‘That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope.’

We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers.

That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.

I turned in ‘my project’ and the instructor read it.

Then she looked up at me and said, ‘Can I share this?’

I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.

She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my son, instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.

I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.
Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to

LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS – NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.
There is an Angel sent to watch over you. In order for her to work, you must pass this on to the people you want watched over.

An Angel wrote:

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head.

To handle others, use your heart.

God Gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

Story of Four People

This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.

Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody asked Anybody.