Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

17 March 2009

In Pursuit of Gratitude - (1) The Pop Quiz


Last year I received an email quiz from a friend – 50 or so questions about yourself. You fill in the answers, return the completed quiz to the sender so that they can find how you're doing and then you forward it to as many friends as bravery allows. It's called "Getting to Know your Friends", it's good fun and last year some of the responses from others were quite illuminating. (Actually a different friend sent me the 2009 edition today!!)

There were lots of light hearted questions like:

Pearls or Diamonds? PEARLS
What was the last movie you saw at the cinema? (Well, at the time of last year's quiz it was the last HARRY POTTER movie but since then, for your information…MADAGASCAR 2)

And then there were deeper questions too, such as:

Name a quality in people you dislike?

My answer? INGRATITUDE.

Ingratitude expresses itself in all sorts of ways.

* Grumbling, grizzling, groaning, complaining and whinging.
* Remaining silent when an articulation of gratitude is due.
* A constant demanding of one's perceived rights. (That one may need fleshing out…but I will get to that down the track.)
* And even if there is no outward expression of it, there are always those feelings of bitterness and/or discontent.

Gratitude and contentment are good friends. So I am going in pursuit of gratitude. Why? Because we have so much for which to be thankful. And living with an attitude of contentment and gratitude is far better than ingratitude and misery.

Stay tuned.

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