Monday, August 06, 2007

Attitude of Gratitude

by Bonnie Calhoun

Good Monday morning!! Posting will probably be sparce this week because I leave home on Wednesday morning to drive to Philadelphia where I am teaching two workshops at the Writers conference this week. I will try and groove on ya' from the conference, but I can't promise!

I would like to tell you about a very cool movement of sorts that I have joined. It's called Thumbs Up. See that cute little logo at the top of my left sidebar!!

This movement is accentuating an attitude of gratitude! That means...for example...Praise the Lord that I woke up today. Now don't laugh...I'm dead serious..uh, er...I mean, I'm NOT dead, serious.

At the age of 57, waking up is something I am seriously grateful for. I cock open one eye...and say, "Yep, I'm still here!" See my grandma went to bed one night, and never woke up ruined the whole rest of her life.

I'm grateful that I'm getting an opportunity to teach two workshops at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference this week. This will be a great time of learning and networking. And I will also be showing off my manuscript! So pray for me!

I'm also grateful to Rodney for starting this movement. I pray that it catched on virally and inundates the internet. How cool would it be for everyone to express an attitude of gratitude at least once a week!

Here...have a funny. Let's mull over the facts of life!!

On the first day God created the cow...

God said, "You must go to field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer...for that I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life, you want me to live for sixty years...let me have twenty years and I'll give back the other forty."

God agreed.

On the second day, God created the dog...

God said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past...I'll give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said, "That's too long to be barking... give me ten years and I'll give back the other ten."

So God agreed.

On the third day God created the monkey... God said, "Entertain people, do monkey tricks, make them laugh... I'll give you a twenty year life span."

The monkey said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do too."

And God agreed again.

Now on the fourth day, God created man...God said, "Eat, sleep, play, have sex, nothing, just enjoy, enjoy... I'll give you twenty years."

Man said, "What...only twenty years? No way man, tell you what, I'll take my twenty...the forty cow gave back...the ten dog gave back and the ten monkey gave back... that makes eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God, "You've got a deal!"

So this is why...for the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, have sex, enjoy, and do nothing...

The next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family...

The next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain our grandchildren...

The last ten years we sit in front of the house and bark at everybody...

Life has now been explained!

Thought For The Day

If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me.


  1. Anonymous said...
    "See my grandma went to bed one night, and never woke up ruined the whole rest of her life."

    That's funny! I think the thumbs up movement sounds pretty spectacular.
    Kat said...
    Thumbs up to the thumbs up movement : ) and thanks for explaining life -- it makes so much sense now!!
    M. C. Pearson said...
    Have fun at the conference. I'll be thinking about ya.

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