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:

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

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  1. lifeglutenfree says

    Wow, thank you Linda! I really appreciate this and I look forward to posting about it. :)

  2. Faye says

    Linda,I enjoyed reading your story so much!YOU HAVE HELPED SO MANY!I hope you have a great evening. Blessings, Faye

  3. The Gluten-free 'Dish' says

    I find it an honor to be nominated among the wonderful ladies you have mentioned here. Thank you, Linda!

    Your story is inspirational and gives us a glimpse into your life.
    Thanks for sharing it with us. ~Debbie

  4. I Am Gluten Free says

    What a lovely idea! And I couldn’t agree more. When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I decided from that moment on – to never complain about it and instead to embrace the chance to heal myself. It has been very, very empowering to know that by simply changing what I eat, without taking meds, I could find good health again. So yes, I have an attitude of gratitude!


  5. Wendy says

    I feel so honored especially since I haven’t been able to post as much lately. Thank you so much!

    I’ll try to post about this soon!
    I appreciate you and all you do!

  6. Emily says

    Hi Linda, it is so nice of you to think of me for this. I really appreciate it!

    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!

  7. Gina says

    Thanks so much for thinking about me for this, Linda! I truly enjoy being gluten-free, and I guess that means I’m very grateful I finally figured it all out, and, like you said, I don’t have to take any medications to feel better. All my family and friends have been so supportive. I love it!

  8. WendyGK says

    Just catching up on emails and blog comments after vacation. Thanks so much for the pat on the back. I’m grateful for generous, gluten-free bloggers like you.

  9. Dana aka Gluten Free In Cleveland says

    Hi Linda,

    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!!

    – Dana

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