Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Attitude of Gratitude

You may remember me saying that Monday's are always the longest day of the week for me. I usually leave home a little after 7 in the morning and often don't get home until around 9:30 in the evening. Today seemed just a little longer because I had a working lunch so the brain was "on" pretty much all day. Which is probably a good thing. Right? Okay, before you think that this is me moaning and groaning again, stop. I'm not. Before I head out to my other Monday commitments, I quickly stop by to ensure Mr. Beaks is still beaking. I figure, if people can do it for their dogs and cats well, I can do it for my Birdie! Anyways.....I chat him up a bit, fresh water, food and I'm gone again.

So I start mingling with the different people I would be meeting with and during the exchanges a very interesting theme arises. At least to me. One after the other, each person I spoke to was relaying to me something that was going on in their lives that was leaving them feeling frustrated. They all appeared to have the same symptom of being emotionally bankrupt. After listening to the third or fourth person, I began to wonder if they were all living under the same roof and had eaten from the same bowl. But in their telling, they also expressed the gratitude they were feeling. They were feeling gratitude because they each recognized where they were on an emotional and intellectual level. And, how they managed the issues at hand instead of letting the issues paralyze them. I am a terrible blogger buddy on Monday's due to the long day. However, the few posts I managed to squeeze in today smacked of gratitude. Some kind of a Divine Theme Day me thinks!

I keep promising myself that I am going to go to bed at a reasonable hour. But then, I come home and regurgitate all of what is tumbling in my brain and try to put it in some kind of recognizable order. Today, the gratitude I was feeling was in the fact that these people felt comfortable enough that they could share their emotional baggage with me. Yet, somehow know that I would be there to listen to them. One lady I was speaking with said that being able to have somebody listen every once in awhile was better than getting a prescription from the Doctor. And finally, another lady was saying that some days she felt like a bag of Diamonds and other days a bag of rocks. My answer to her was, "empty the bag of rocks on the table and give them a good polish, you never know which one of them may be Gems!"

"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven."

Johannes A. Gaertner

6 comments:

Michelle said...

:o)

Yes indeed Bogey, you just never know do you

xx

Amel's Realm said...

That's a great analogy - rocks and diamonds. :-)))))

James said...

Such a long day yet you still find time for a very thoughtful post. Bogey you seem more like an Eagle to me.

Btw when do we get to see Bogey's birdie?

Bogey said...

No Michelle, you never do. The world is full of surprises! :) xx

It was indeed Amel!

When you feel the way I was feeling last night and today too, I guess, then you should share the feeling. Check out the May 15th post, ....and Introducing for a glimpse of Mr. Bartholomew Beaks.

Audrey said...

Bogey, it is so true - an attitude of gratitude takes people a very long way! And I agree with the woman who just needed to be listened to - that is really all that any of us need during our dark times,and a huge reason why many of us blog!
I like this post a lot. I spend a lot of my time expressing gratitude. It makes me feel good, and it makes others feel good. And there is nothing wrong with that, my friend!

Ai Shiang said...

Haha! I like the phrase "emotionally bankrupt". But,not sure which part of my life story trigger me to laugh. People complain most probably because they need to go to work on Mondays (maybe)?