I'm sure we all have things we could grump about, but the fact is complaining leads to the opposite of joy. Want to increase positivity and happiness in your life? Make a list of things you are thankful for to develop an attitude of gratitude! Here's what I'm thankful for this week. I call it the Canada Day edition - tomorrow we celebrate 150 years as a country!
1. Clearly, I'm grateful to have been born and raised in Canada. I have a heritage here that dates back to the 1700s, and while that's not as distant as the First Nations, I'm proud of my Canadian roots. My Irish ancestors made good decisions in settling here.
2. Everyone in Canada has the right to an education. In Ontario, students are required to stay in school until they are eighteen. The most successful countries recognize the importance of education and ensure it's available and of good quality.
3. We have a pretty decent health care system.
4. We have the ability to choose our leaders and make our voices heard.
5. We enjoy many freedoms.
6. When we travel, we are generally well received wherever we go. Canadians are known as polite, respectful, well-behaved. And apparently, people like our "accent". How aboot that, eh? (We actually don't say "aboot," but others seem to hear so!)
Happy Canada Day to all my fellow citizens and expats. May we never lose sight of who we are and who we want to become as a nation. May we choose leaders who seek godly, rather than man-made, wisdom. (See this excellent post for more on that subject).