April 28, 2009
An Attitude of Gratitude
There are some things in life we have no control over, such as developing celiac disease and having to follow a gluten-free diet. We do, however, always have control over our attitude. My brother-in-law says, “It’s more fun to have fun.” It’s so true. Why have a complaining, woe-is-me attitude and make your life miserable? Having an attitude of gratitude for the good things in life makes life much more fun.
My mom has been a great example. When I was only a baby she had both retinas detach. She ended up being blind in one eye and having poor sight in the other. Although she had three young kids and could not drive, I never heard her complain. We rode our bikes a lot and my dad became the chauffeur. He never complained either.
When I found out I had celiac disease, I was relieved. Like many others, I was terribly sick and was grateful to have an answer. I knew that following the gluten-free diet would be hard, but I was happy to be alive. I was also grateful I didn’t have to take drugs. While the gluten-free diet has been challenging, it has motivated me to do more cooking and baking from scratch. I have tried so many new recipes, and I’ve learned to eat foods I didn’t know existed before (such as quinoa). Reading labels has made me more aware of what is in processed foods and has helped me make better decisions about the foods we eat.
The reason I’m writing about this topic today is because Kathryn at This 'n That From on the Mountain has nominated me for the Attitude of Gratitude Award. Thanks Kathryn!
I have chosen to nominate ten gluten-free bloggers. While none of us is perfect about having a good attitude all the time, I believe these bloggers benefit the gluten-free community by their positive attitudes toward living and eating gluten free. I find ten to be a difficult number. It enables me to include so many people, but I fear that a few might feel left out. I appreciate many gf bloggers and they are all deserving of this award.
My nominations, in no particular order:
- Dana at Gluten Free in Cleveland writes about eating gluten free in the Cleveland area as well as product reviews and recipes.
- Kim at Gluten-free is Life does a lot of product reviews and menu plans.
- Rachel at Living Without Wheat has recipes and menu plans.
- Marlow at Gluten Hates Me but I'm Surviving has recipes and product reviews.
- Debbie at The Gluten-Free 'Dish' has recipes and information on living gluten, dairy, rice and sugar free.
- Heather at Life, Gluten Free writes about living with celiac disease and allergies as well as parenting.
- Wendy at gluten-free greenie does product reviews and recipes.
- Gina at The Gluten-free Gourmand provides recipes and product reviews.
- Emily at Celiac Underground shares tips and information about living gluten free.
- Wendy at Celiacs in the House provides recipes and menu plans.
Your instructions are:
- put the logo on your blog or post
- nominate at least 10 blogs that show an an attitude of gratitude
- link to your nominees within your post
- comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award
- share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award
- tell us how you've come to have an attitude of gratitude
Your story is inspirational and gives us a glimpse into your life.
Thanks for sharing it with us. ~Debbie
I'll try to post about this soon!
I appreciate you and all you do!
I will also try to post about this soon. What a nice idea for a blog/award.
We can make the world a better place by thinking and doing positive things! Hooray!
Thanks so much for thinking of me. I just posted my blog post.
Thanks so much for this! I know its...oh a month old...eep! But as you may know from reading my blog, I had to have surgery on my eyes so I had to keep my computer stuff to a minimum, and well, guess I missed it!!
This is very cool and very nice, thank you!!
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