10 things I hate, and how I can be grateful for them.


I’m currently reading this book by Claudia Azula Altucher called “How to Become an Idea Machine: Because Ideas are the Currency of the 21st Century.” In it, she explains about exercising your mind’s ability to come up with valuable ideas, instead of just being a complainer. One of the exercises in the book is to write down 10 things you hate, and how you can be grateful for them. I did it, and it was great! I should have probably wrote down simple things I hate, but I just wrote what came to mind, which is probably the more healthy route. This is intended for personal growth, but I thought I would share it. I mean why not right? So here they are. Feel free to include your own, but make sure to also include how you can be grateful for it.

  1. Not getting enough sleep: I am thankful though that my body doesn’t punish me too much about it, and sometimes less sleep produces experiences and memories I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
  2. Being overweight: I’m blessed with abundance and the ability to eat everyday, even if it is too much.
  3. People who complain about what they don’t know: I’m grateful that God has shown me the view around the issue, and to not take these things to heart…not as much. It still annoys me, but not as much as it used too. Also, I’m grateful I don’t have to carry the weight of always being “an expert” on everything, because I don’t know everything, and I don’t need too. I’m also grateful for this reality — “Never miss a good chance to shut up!” — Will Rogers… If you don’t know, follow this advice!
  4. When people want to address a problem with you, but not right away, leaving me anxious and nervous: It always provides a learning moment, on how I can deal with anxiety and not let it deal with me.
  5. Laziness: I hate it in myself and in others, but I’m grateful God helps me to see it, and how to be proactive to not succumb to it so easily.
  6. The church (and other) political systems: not sure how I’m grateful for this, because I hate it, because politics are generally built on the foundation of taking advantage of someone else, for your gain. But I am grateful that God has shown me the truth and helped me over and over not get caught in the middle of it, because that power is very tempting to succumb to, even though it’s not right.
  7. Busy work: it distracts from what’s important, but makes you look good because at least you’re doing something. I’m grateful that God has and is continuing to expose those distractions to me, so I don’t fall for them.
  8. Twisting scripture to fit an agenda: It’s stupid! Paul says it has the appearance of wisdom, but has no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. God is slowly working my failing agenda out of my life. I’m not perfect, but I’m glad God is helping me see the truth. Revelation and wisdom from the Lord really is freeing.
  9. Having a solution when you really don’t have a solution: It’s really easy to see a problem, and think of a way to fix it. In reality we aren’t that smart, and shouldn’t try to be, because 9 times out of 10 (really 9.999999 times out of 10) the solutions we figure out right away aren’t the right ones. I’m grateful that I don’t have to ‘lean to my own understanding’ even though I still do sometimes. It’s a good thing to be able to trust God more than you trust yourself. (On the real, this might be the same problem as #3, but I don’t care!)
  10. Spotting the problems in others, but not being able to spot them in myself: I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit’s help to see this is a problem and to address it. The more I rely on God, the more I see that in me, before I judge it in someone else.

Here’s the summary — I’m thankful that God is gracious enough to work out my kinks, and not leave me to myself!

Bonus #11. Slow drivers: FYI some people like me are always in a hurry! Usually it’s because I waited too long to get my kids ready to go, and now I have to hurry to get where I’m going. I’m thankful that I have 3 beautiful kids, and the ability to clean them up on a regular basis. Not everyone is afforded that luxury, even in America.

Bonus: this image of the Will Rogers quote from above! This would make a good wallpaper for your phone!