Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More thoughts on Pollyanna


I saw the movie years ago but decided I'd better read the book before posting much more about Pollyanna.  I was surprised at what a good read it is.  Our excellent director of acquisitions (thanks Debra) secured the sequel for me through inter-library loan and I started that yesterday; Pollyanna Grows Up.   

It is notable that in the sequel, the very unhappy Mrs. Carew did not want a 'dose' of Pollyanna, as her sister Della suggests.  She did not want a 'priggish' child preaching to her and telling her to "count my mercies".  Della knows that it is so much more than that.  The "Glad" game is nothing more than simple gratitude.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Pollyanna simply chooses to find something to be grateful for in every situation.  So simple, but a concept that literally changes the atmosphere. 

I found this lovely little page that has a list of scriptures about gratitude.  Have a wonderful day!

Gratitude Scriptures


  1. Thank you for the scriptures! YES!

    And I loved watching Polyanna all those years ago. Makes me think of Courtney watching it also.

    Well I will need to check out the book sometime! I hope to train up a little PolyANNA

  2. Wouldn't each day be so much better if we would just practice this. Living a "Pollyanna" life isn't denying that things may not be perfect, but it is looking at things with a different attitude. Thanks for the reminder. I think I will read both books.

  3. This speaks to me in light of nearly losing my dad Sunday night. I have more to be thankful for than I ever knew. Sometimes we just take things for granted.

    I will be playin' the "glad" game from here on out.