Monday, November 12, 2012
A few of the speakers yesterday at church talked about the importance of gratitude. As Thanksgiving is just around the corner I’m thinking more about some of the things for which I am grateful. One of the speakers referenced studies which found that people who have an attitude of gratitude tend to be happier, more successful and live longer.
One of the things I am grateful for is homeschooling. I am grateful we don’t have a conflict in what we teach our children, for example being thankful for their many, many blessings. Society in general teaches children to want more. Public schools especially foster an environment of focusing on material things and trying to keep up with the Jones. It would be hard for Janine and I to spend a couple hours a day trying to help our children recognize how richly blessed we are and then have them spend eight hours a day with their fellow students where they learn to want more and be dissatisfied with what they have.
For several months this year our family was in the habit of writing thank-you notes each week. We would step back and think of those who had touched our lives for the better. With the craziness of the soccer season we got out of the habit. Now that soccer is over I’ll get my family going again on writing a few thank-you notes.
There is much in the world we can complain about. There are many problems. Sometimes I feel a bit like Don Quixote who was driven mad because his society was so decadent. We should work to make the world a better place. However, there is also much good in the world and it helps to remember our many blessings.