Develop a habit of gratitude
Zig Ziglar said “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions” and it is defined as a feeling of appreciation or thankfulness. I have been on a journey of gratitude for a long time. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
We need to make gratitude a habit. Each day I write down three things I am grateful for on a list in my daily journal. Each day the three things are different from previous day’s list.
In the European Journal of Social Psychology, the author stated, “it takes 66 days to create a habit”. Keep the list for 66 days and you will have almost 200 items that you are grateful for and your mind will constantly be looking for new things in your life to be grateful and thankful for.
Some days when I am thinking, preparing and planning, I enjoy reflecting about the things I have been thankful for in the past. Those that know me well, know my love of Southern Gospel Quartet Music. My favorite has always been Hovie Lister and the Statesmen especially their bass singer, James “Big Chief” Wetherington. He was dignified and a class act with integrity. His character was beyond reproach. Many days I would attend practice sessions with the Statesmen and Blackwood Brothers at the Briarcliff Hotel. He was a wonderful man who enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing in South Georgia. He was born and raised in Ty Ty, Georgia. On many occasions we spent hours at Fulton County Stadium watching the Atlanta Braves. The “Chief” had many followers and they all seemed to love baseball too. I am grateful Abner Doubleday invented baseball. Many life lessons are learned on the field and in the stands.
The “Chief” believed he was called by God to sing and to use his voice to inspire and bless others. I will never forget our conversations and will leave you today with some of his comments. He believed “life is like a mountain railroad from cradle to grave” and he prayed “for all to understand – the Hope of America lies in faith in God and The Common Man”