Attitude of Gratitude

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adhd inattentive - being thankfulIt’s an old story with updated technology. A shoe salesman landed on a tropical island. He felt the warm sun on his face and took off his tie. Then he saw the barefooted natives. How could he sell shoes here? He whipped out his i-phone and sent the message back to the home office: “This territory you assigned me is a big mistake! No one wears shoes here!” And within 24 hours, he was on a plane back home.

Shoe Salesman #2 landed on the day his competitor left. He was so excited when he saw the barefooted natives that he sold every pair of shoes in his suitcase and text messaged his boss. “Send everything you got. I’ve never seen such a great market for shoes in my life!!”

What a difference an attitude makes!

How do you view ADHD? How does your daughter feel about it? Is it a handicap or a difference to overcome? What opportunities are you grateful for?

Nothing explains an attitude of gratitude like a true story from one of our readers. Allow me to share Barbara’s recent events with you:

Our church is currently studying “Life Shapes” — a biblical study on the 5 leadership gifts in the New Testament (apostle, prophet, teacher, evangelist, and pastor). In addition to taking an assessment to find our giftings, we take the Myers-Briggs test. Of course, my giftings are Apostle and INFJ.

When I read the book that accompanies the assessments and did some on-line research, I found that the profiles are very accurate. Yes, my assessments proved correct and identified me and my leadership style perfectly. However, I also learned that what they described so perfectly well are my ADHD traits and symptoms! What I once thought of as weaknesses and “disorders”, I now seeā€¦.as “gifts”.

Naturally, now that I have this info, I can transfer it to my children – who are just like me. “Inattentive ADHD” is a gift—but the medical field calls it a disorder.

I really appreciate Barbara giving her permission to share her insight here. I also believe that what many see as a “disorder” is divinely intended as a gift. It’s easy to lose sight of that perspective when we as parents watch a son struggle with his multiplication tables or a daughter intensively labor over a writing project with tears and anxiety. Yet these same children learn to persevere in difficult circumstances – a skill that will serve them well all their lives.

The attitude of gratitude can’t be overvalued! The discipline to overcome shortcomings will perpetually serve your son well. Thomas Edison was grateful for his loss of hearing in later years because he said it allowed him to focus on the task at hand without noisy distractions. Handicap or opportunity? His attitude made the difference.

In this season of gift giving, don’t forget to recognize and be thankful for gifts when we see them! Yes, ADHD- Inattentive is a gift. ‘Tis the season to be attentive and thankful for new opportunities (also known as challenges.)