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#527: I Was Truly Blessed Today

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

When discussing developing a positive outlook, many public speakers are fond of using the rhyming phrase, "An attitude of gratitude." To me, giving thanks for blessings throughout the day is a natural habit. Sometimes the blessings are small, sometimes so huge that merely saying, " emoticon," is not enough.

Here is an example of a small (to me) blessing: Earlier this week the light bulb emoticon in my dining room burned out. I made a mental note to change it but promptly forgot. That happens often to us, doesn't it? Later, as I pulled laundry from the washing machine to put in the dryer, I turned on the laundry room light to see better. As the light came on, I recalled the burned out bulb, finished loading clothes into the dryer and then grabbed a new bulb to replace the burned out one.

I often receive "alerts" this way. Perhaps you do, too. Always, I give thanks.

A major blessing is what happened today. This has to rank as one of the most major blessings I have ever received. Maybe not on a par with not being killed, maimed or blinded in car crashes (not my fault), but major nevertheless. emoticon

I had parked in a library lot on my way to attend a seminar. For some reason, instead of putting my keys in a pocket, I went to retrieve several items from the front passenger side of the car and set the keys on the car's roof. I went inside and 90 minutes later searched frantically for my keys. Then I recalled that I had left them on top of the car.

Scared of what I would not find in the parking lot -- my car -- I ran outside without hope the car and keys would still be there. But they were. Praise the Lord! Cars around mine had changed so I figured either no one saw the keys (unlikely since they were so obvious) or were honest enough to not take them.

My heart was beating wildly with relief emoticon . Imagine the trouble a stolen car would have caused -- lack of transportation, loss of hundreds of dollars of bowling equipment, office files and more. Plus dealing with the insurance company and police, finding a way home, having to get rides to look for a replacement car, not being able to bowl league until I could afford new equipment, missing doctor appointments, etc.

The list could go on and on.

All I could do was look into the blue sky and say, "Thank you, Lord. Once again you saved me." emoticon

You may have different beliefs but if you develop the positive outlook of "An attitude of gratitude" and give thanks for every daily blessing (traffic lights on green, dropping something and not having it break, and so on) your life will be enriched.

Being grateful for blessings does not eliminate money woes, trouble at work, rude drivers, a disrespectful teenager, poor customer service or other things that could aggravate us daily, but giving thanks to God or to the universe for blessing you will allow peace into your heart and soul.

But don't take my word for it. Try giving thanks for everyday blessings for a week and see how life becomes more positive for you. It works for me and could for you, too.

And, yes, from now on I will put my keys in a pocket as soon as I get out of my car. emoticon
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  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Just read this. WOW that was a BLESSING!
    2432 days ago
    I'm grateful for Sparkers (no, people) like you! emoticon
    2479 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14631267
    Love it!!! Words so true and well spoken!!!
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    2542 days ago
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    2551 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2014 2:04:10 AM
    Thanks for sharing this! Amazing grace! emoticon
    2551 days ago
    emoticon emoticon i have always said it is not so much what life throws our way but more how we deal with it.having a positive attitude is what has carried me through most of my lifes burden that and the strong belief god would never give us anything we canĀ“t handle and who am i to disagree with god so i just get on with it. emoticon
    2617 days ago
    Praise the Lord Lou for watching out for you!!!
    Continued blessings and hugs,
    2831 days ago
    Great blog, Lou! Our 24 year old son, Jeff, will never forget the time he had put his $600+ in his lap and then made a pit stop at the grocery store before going to pay his rent. It had dropped off of his lap onto the parking lot! He called me, in frantic tears, telling me he knew what he had done. I told him to GO BACK to the store and retrace his steps; and to go see the manager. A young SACKER had picked up the cash, and turned it in to the manager! What a BLESSING! A great lesson, too, as Jeff admitted that he had no idea if he would have done the same thing had the roles been reversed!

    I'm so glad your keys were still there! emoticon
    2846 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    GREAT BLOG- and so true!
    2862 days ago
    I couldn't agree more about being grateful for all that is good in one's life.
    Too often we don't appreciate something until we have lost it.
    I often give thanks for having my eyesight so that I can see some of the beauty of nature around us.

    Thanks for this inspirational blog.
    2884 days ago
    Loved this blog, Lou! Definitely the Lord was looking out for you! Wonderful! emoticon
    2887 days ago
    I love this blog, Lou. I'm so grateful that your car wasn't stolen. You must live in a safe place!

    Have ever read the book, Prison to Praise"? Your blog message reminds me of that book's message.
    2896 days ago
    I wish I could write "Gee Lou I can't relate to losing the car keys"

    I wrote the book on losing stuff! I could tell you stories, but then everyone who knows me would interrupt me to finish the stories.

    The only attitude I want is gratitude. I remind myself each day to be grateful for my blessings.

    Some times when I watch the news, I wonder about some folks. How did they turn out so awful-what happened to make them so mean. But then something cool happens like no one stealing your car and it reminds us of the goodness in humanity. I am grateful no one took your car too.
    2901 days ago
    Glad you got your keys back!! You are a blessing to me Lou...

    hugs, Wendy emoticon
    2911 days ago
    Lou, you are living right! I also believe that if I live by the Golden Rule that others will be apt to show me the same courtesy, even God.
    2912 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    So glad everything worked out so well. I had a similar incident once - my oldest son was a baby and we had gone shopping. I took him from the shopping cart, put him in the car along with my purchases. At the next stop I realized my purse was still in the cart in a Shopko parking lot. I was so relieved when I got back and found the cart with my purse still in it.
    Blessings come in all sizes.
    2912 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    You are so right. I spend a big part of my day talking
    to the Lord. He's my closest friend and He looks out
    for me in situations that I can't even imagine.

    You are blessed your car was not stolen.

    Maybe your angel was hiding them from the bad guys
    sight? Could be!

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    2913 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    OH, Lou! My heart was racing with yours as I read about the keys! Yes, I have the same beliefs as you and do believe He blesses us in numerous ways...big and small.

    I am so glad that He blessed you and saved you all the numerous inconveniences that you already know would have been.

    Needless to say, I am so happy that it turned out the way it did! emoticon

    How happy I was to see your name on a blog again. It's been far too long, my friend! emoticon Gaye
    2913 days ago
    That was a big blessing indeed. Glad things worked out alright.
    Always good to stay positive and appreciate your blessings big and small.
    Also good to be reminded from time to time to do so.
    Thanks for posting.
    2913 days ago
    OMG! That wasn't good luck - it was a miracle! (smiling)
    2913 days ago
    Sometimes a thanks is all the lord is looking for. I know I did it a few times yesterday myself. Just feels right. glad it all worked out for you.
    2913 days ago
    Had a similar incident happen recently when I went to visit my Mom. I had done laundry for her and when I reached to get the laundry I placed my keys on the console , got out ,locked the door and went inside the facility. Not until I was going to leave and reached into the pocket of my bag and didn't find my keys did I realize what I had done. I was thankful that my husband answered his phone and came to my rescue. The Lord is good to us!
    2913 days ago
    If we focus on the blessings in our lives, we can live a more positive life. Glad your keys were waiting for you! emoticon
    2913 days ago
    God bless you always.
    Good day.
    2913 days ago
    It's also a great feeling to whole-heartedly thank someone who does something simple but helpful for you. When someone holds a door, picks something up that you dropped, or steps aside for you to pass, take a second to look them in the eye and say an honest and grateful "thank you". It shows them that you really do appreciate their moment of kindness and can encourage them to do the same for someone else.

    As for your keys, consider getting a carabiner clip to put on your keys. Then instead of setting them down, you just quickly hook them onto a belt loop. When you get into a habit, they'll always be there. I've used one for years, hooking it either to my purse or a belt loop, and it's great because my keys aren't buried in my purse or poking a hole in my leg in my pocket.
    2913 days ago
    Praise the Lord, indeed! Certainly His hand was on you and your keys.
    2914 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    What a blessing!
    2914 days ago
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