Attitude of Gratitude

November 21, 2014

From Mr. Don MacMillan, Head of School

As we move towards Fall Break and all it entails, I thought it appropriate to share one of my favorite phrases:  “attitude of gratitude.” 

It’s a very simple phrase; it rhymes which makes it stick in one’s memory more easily; and it is incredibly powerful. 

I first learned about the power of this phrase years ago when talking to a man who had been down on his luck, was desperately trying to recover from a serious illness, and was just scraping by financially.  One day he told me that he’d been in an accident and, while he was not injured, his car was damaged and needed $300 worth of work in order for it to be useable.  (The $300 auto repair bill tells you how long ago this occurred!)  Knowing his tenuous financial circumstances, I began to feel bad for his plight and said, “That’s awful.  It seems like you just can’t catch a break.”  And he responded, “This isn’t bad at all.  Actually I’m fortunate.  I have been able to save $300 these past few weeks and so I can pay the bill.  I’m so lucky how this has all worked out.”  He then further enlightened me on the benefits of maintaining an attitude of gratitude. 

The trick, I learned, was that having an attitude of gratitude is a choice and I can choose it under any circumstance, at any time. 

I wish everyone a wonderful Fall Break and hope it is full of family, friends and gratitude!

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