Recently my brother Corey experienced a problem with his car. Instead of complaining about it, he wrote a list of things that he was grateful for about his situation. He posted his list to facebook. I tried sharing his post with my friends – though I think the only ones who might actually have an opportunity to view it are those that Corey is friends with already. I just really like the attitude he has incorporated into his life.
He was grateful that his car had died in the parking lot and not on the crowded streets of Las Vegas.
He was grateful that the break down didn’t happen on the way to taking Joh or himself to work.
He was grateful to get roadside assistance through his insurance.
He was grateful that the weather was not typical of this time of year, but much cooler to wait in than the normal July heat.
Neither he nor Joh were on a schedule in which they had to be somewhere at a certain time.
Roadside assistance arrived within an hour, and because no one was parked next to him, made it easier for the technician to get to his car.
The car started!
The problem is no more serious than a bad battery cell.
Corey and Joh were able to finish whatever errands they had started as Joh’s car was working.
Coery was able to get his car into his auto dealership and drive it home the very next day.
Coery leaned that his warranty was only 300 miles away from expiring and did not have to pay for his battery’s replacement.
The dealership washed his car for free.
Moral: Even when bad, inconvenient, annoying things happen, there is still so much to be grateful for.
I try to apply this attitude to my own life because complaining does not solve a problem. Hearing others complain has dampened my spirit – and yet I know I have been the complainer. I have tried to do better and look at the bright side of whatever situation may come my way that I may make a list of things to be grateful for in a similar situation.