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6 reasons to remain grateful on a difficult day

6 reasons to remain grateful on a difficult day.

Do you remember playing with a spinning top toy?


It had a pretty simple mechanism, but it was very entertaining. Push down on the lever, and the top would spin round and round on its axis, blurring the images or colours into a whirlwind. We could probably watch it spin forever. Kind of like how we feel on a tough day, spinning forever. So how can we fight the urge to complain? Continue reading to discover the six reasons to remain grateful during a tough day. 


Do you feel, as I do, that we have become the human equivalent of our childhood toy?


On the best day, I feel like I have spun out of my orbit a hundred times. Running from work to home, making supper, taking care of any household chores and then rushing to whatever sport/activity on the schedule for the night. I am out of breath simply recounting what an average day sounds like for most parents. Spinning around and round and round with our levers pushed down to the maximum.


6 reasons to remain grateful on a difficult day.


How can we feel grateful when in this whirlwind?


I am not proposing any solutions. I have not found the answer to the age-old question of simplifying modern life. Far from it.


Instead, on my way to swimming practice, after a gruelling day at work, I realized I was beyond fortunate to be driving my child to his activity.


Shall we analyze my past sentences and list 6 reasons we should remain grateful on hard days and overcome the urge to complain?



6 reasons to remain grateful during a difficult day. 

  1. Driving: access to a car – a privilege along with vision, mobility and general health.
  2. My child: millions struggle with infertility.
  3. Swimming lessons: the financial capacity of providing an activity that will help my child develop a lifesaving skill.
  4. Household chores: millions of refugees have lost their homes.
  5. Making supper: millions are dying of hunger and malnutrition.
  6. Work: millions are searching for employment.



And here I am, feeling frazzled by the abundance of privileges that were heaped on me.
I pray to remember this realization every time I catch myself spinning out of gratitude and into complaints.

In Christ,



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Coptic Reading about Gratitude: Gratitude: Theology and Doctrine- Bishop Youssef

Recommended children’s book about gratefulness: Philo, Rose and the Joy SuperHoly 




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