Today, I met Alice for lunch at a Chinese restaurant. Last Saturday’s Post was also inspired by a meal at a Chinese restaurant. Today’s Chinese restaurant was at a different location and city than Saturday’s.
While chatting with Alice as we enjoyed our meals, I mentioned that I still needed to write the blog post for today. I was not sure what to write about. Just before we left Alice went to the bathroom. She came out and told me that “Practice Gratitude” was written on the chalkboard in the bathroom! There was my inspiration for today’s post. Right there in the bathroom. Of course, I went in a took a picture.
What does it mean to Practice Gratitude?
I cannot say what the intent was of the Chinese restaurant. Perhaps, to be grateful that the bathroom was clean, stocked with toilet paper, running water, and soap!
I think Practice Gratitude means to be thankful often. We can share our gratitude with others by thanking them. We can do something nice for them. We can have gratitude even when things are not going as well as we would like. If we practice being grateful everyday the outlook of our lives could improve.
Have you ever tried to go a day without complaining about anything? Complaining is the opposite of gratitude. This is an area where I struggle as it is so much easier to complain. It will take time to replace a complaining habit with one of gratitude. Even if you are not expressing gratitude people will surely notice if your complaining stops. A sign in the bathroom of Chinese restaurant can be the reminder and inspiration that we need.
Today is also Thankful Thursday. I am thankful that Alice paid for my lunch today!