Attitude of gratitude

Okay, I just had to apologize for using cliches and yet here I go again.  But the alliteration, rhyme and beat are too enticing to ignore.  I’ll do better next time.  Meanwhile, my point was yet another quote I saw recently that went a little something like this:

Don’t pray on a bad day unless you pray on a good day.

Which I thought was rather rude and presumptuous.  Who are you to tell people when to pray?  But I think the impulse was supposed to be a reminder to pray on the good days.

I often find myself praying on sunny days in the Pacific Northwest:  “Thank God it’s sunny!”  But it is meant in all sincerity.

Here’s a better way to remind myself to be grateful:

Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.
— Lewis Thomas, biologist

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