Live with an Attitude of gratitude

Live with an Attitude of gratitude

As Thanksgiving draws near I can’t help but think of a familiar cliché: “Live with an attitude of gratitude.” When I do that I find myself noticing the little things and seeing the good in every situation and person I encounter.

To live with an attitude of gratitude is what can help us focus on what we have rather than what we lack; it reminds us that we don’t have to wait for big things to happen to say thank you. Gratitude is something we can choose to bring to every situation and all our relationships.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings people together. It is a time to enjoy the simple pleasures of a good meal and conversation with family and friends; it can be a time to cultivate the “attitude of gratitude” that offers a sustainable approach to life ─ that creates the conditions for harmony and fulfillment, peace and joy.

May the celebration of Thanksgiving provide many opportunities for all of us to choose an attitude of gratitude─one that we have tried to capture in our Thanksgiving video: All Creation Gives Thanks, found on the home page. Let us be grateful for the way God becomes visible in one another, in abundant daily gifts, and in the wonders of creation.

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, the twenty-first prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania is a native of Philadelphia. She moved to Mount St. Benedict Monastery in 1992 to respond to a desire to experience the monastic way of life. Previously a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, Sister Anne began the formal transfer process to the Erie Benedictines in 1993 and made her monastic profession in 1997.

Sister Anne has served the people of the Diocese of Erie as a teacher at St. Gregory's School in North East, Pa., from 1992-1995, and at the Neighborhood Art House in Erie, beginning as program director in 1995 and as executive director since 2005. She served on the Monastic Council from 2006-2010.