Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Symptoms of an Ungrateful Heart

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. In the past I’ve found myself in that state more often than I care to admit. But the last few years I’ve made it a goal to be more grateful. The difference in life is astonishing. So today I came up with nine symptoms of an ungrateful heart so I can recognize if I start slipping back into a state of ingratitude.

(1) Every day seems like the last one—there is never anything new.
(2) God seems far away and unconcerned with you—recognizing you would be like recognizing one grain of sand on a beach front.
(3) You are apathetic towards other people—after all they don’t care about you so why should you care about them.
(4) Your prayers are shallow and routine—you really don’t have much to pray about.
(5) Your environment is boring—you can’t see anything in it.
(6) Problems seem bigger than they really are—you don’t remember the last time anyone helped you.
(7) You feel alone and uncared for—love is something that only exists in a chic-flick.
(8) You never have enough—no matter how hard you work or try.
(9) You are constantly plagued by a feeling of impending doom—what else could the future hold?

If you can think of more, leave a comment and let us all know. To preserve our spiritual health, we need to be aware of the symptoms! It is also good to know that at the first sign of any of these symptoms all we need to do to be healthy again is give thanks.


Wendi said...

I watched "Fireproof" with my mom on DVD this afternoon. It was a great movie with a great message. Thanks for the recommendation on your blog last year. :)

Karen said...

(10) You are so self-absorbed in your own problems that you fail to see the need of another.

Sherrie, I love your blog!!! I feel like I am logging into the Ensign.
Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

I think one thing that can lead us into to being ungrateful is forgetting that no matter what life throws at us, good or bad, the choices we make to handle it is always in our hands. We sometimes tend to blame everything around us, not realizing that how we accept it, resolve it, rejoice in it or endure it, is completely in our own hands. You, dear Sherrie, are a shining example of putting a positive aspect and a gospel connection to the situations life puts you in. No one can be around you and not feel grateful. Thank you xoxoxo

Cathie Gibson Totten

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Wendi, I've ordered Fireproof and can't wait to see it again. The message is fantastic! I'm glad you like it.

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Karen, Thanks for you addition to the list and for you kind words. Isn't it amazing how when you aren't grateful your world shrinks!

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Cathie, How good to hear from you!!! It is amazing how that principle of agency is the root of most problems. You are a fantastic example of positive attitude!! Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're being grateful! :)
Aimee Vargas (Elizabeth's Daughter)

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Aimee, It is good to hear from you again. I'm grateful for you!

Connie said...

I generally have a grateful heart, this week has been difficult! Thanks for the reminders!!! I need to post these somewhere so when I am will rocket me back to reality :)

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Connie, You have a wonderful heart!! Always doing things for others and making people feel good!

Karen said...

You're welcome. Number 10 was for me! lol. They are all good reminders. And Sherrie you are such a great example of gratefulness.
Even in the midst of your trial, you were still serving others, like me, with your profound thoughts. Thanks for sharing yourself!