I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. When I was a teenager I overheard someone who had recently moved from the west mention that the skies are always gray in Cleveland. I never even noticed. I loved to open my window and hear the sound of the rain hitting the roof. As a kid, we would throw our rain boots on and jump in the puddles. Winter time meant snow days, sledding, making cookies, and running inside for hot chocolate when our fingers froze. Now, I believe in owning a cute rain coat or umbrella. Gratitude (even for the beautiful gray skies and rainy days) can help us become more optimistic and find the good, despite the sometimes less than ideal circumstances we are faced with.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy! So if we trust Him, He will help us to notice the good, bright, hopeful things of life. And sure enough, the world will become brighter.” Gratitude is a skill that can help us as we pursue an education and eventually become educators. We can always find something to complain about, but as we recognize the good and say thank you, we will cultivate an attitude of gratitude, which we can pass on to our students.