On June 3, the Forney/Terrell, TX lost one of its greatest citizens. Nellie Vernott, age 81, passed away from complications related to cancer.
For those who knew Nellie, she was truly a wonderful, gracious soul. Despite everything she went through first, with the loss of her husband and best friend 4 years ago, and then falling victim to cancer, she always knew how to be gracious and loving.
As you reflect on your own life, it’s easy to pick out the bad things happening each day. We spend most of our time complaining and worrying and should instead be grateful for the good things. One huge way we show our ingratitude is by not taking care of our bodies, minds, and spirits, and by not setting our priorities. Adults in 2011 have lain before them opportunities galore to poison their spirits, their bodies, their relationships, and ultimately send their their lives spiraling out of control. Once life spins out of control, the sadness and ingratitude get worse, the self destruction perpetuates, and so on in a vicious circle.
What are the basic keys to living a life of gratitude? Joseph B. Wirthlin, prominent leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, stated ” I believe that many people are unhappy because they have not learned to be grateful. Some carry the burden of bitterness and resentfulness for many years. Some pass their days as though suffering a deep sadness they cannot name. Others are unhappy because life didn’t turn out the way they thought it would. ‘If only I had money,’ some might say to themselves, ‘then I could be happy.’ ‘If only I were better looking.’ If only I were smarter.’ If only I had a new car, a college degree, a job, a wife, hair that wasn’t so frizzy'”” (Joseph B. Wirthlin,Live in Thanksgiving Daily, found on lds.org)
Consider the following formula for finding a grateful heart and patterning your life accordingly.
1)Each day, write down at least 5 things you enjoyed about your day. Nothing is too small. Be inventive, creative, even desparate. But write something. The key here is to get it in writing so that later on, when you decide you want to complain about the day, you have written proof you can’t dispute.
2) Write down at least 5 things that other people enjoyed about the day. Why other people? I am certain you know people who can find joy and pleasant thoughts in the most dismal of circumstances. Write down what they think went well through the day, and you will have before you a lesson of how to be grateful. You will start to see patterns in other people’s behavior you will want to emulate. Gratitude is contagious.
3) Write down steps you took during the day toward completing a goal. Remind yourself that there are things each day you are working on and working towards. By writing down the little steps you take, you remind yourself that the day was not a total waste.
Nellie Vernott spent countless hours touching others with her gracious spirit and Christ-like demeanor. She reached out to those in need by simply living her life in complete gratitude for the gifts she had. Her gratitude was contagious.
for the complete text of the article mentioned above, go to https://lds.org/youth/article/live-in-thanksgiving-daily?lang=eng&query=living+life+gratitude