I have found that once you start being grateful for every little thing in your life, something changes.
It really does.
Like, this veil lifts off of your eyes and you see absolutely every human, animal, day, and act in a different light.
Ever have a day when nothing seems to go right?
Oh ya, we all have.
Most seem to dwell on the spilled cup of coffee that morning, the flat tire they walked out to after work, or all of things NOT going right in their lives.
But, what if ???
What if you flipped your perspective to see these slow downs, the unplanned, the “problems” as gifts?
What if you gave thanks for virtually every occurrence in your day?
Now, reflect about this…..does the day tend to improve or decline even further?
How would that change the outcome?
Do things always just seem to go wrong for some?
“So and so” just seems to have the worst luck”….sound familiar?
What if your negative thoughts are actually shaping your life?
And if they were positive, would that promote positive change?
I came to ponder this in the past year.
And, I found the answer to be…
When the shutdown happened, I became very distraught. Wondering how I would get through it, concerned for my family and friends, and just feeling helpless in general. To get out of my funk, I decided to find 10 things each day that brought me JOY. They were sometimes very small, but allowed me to see the GOOD that still existed in my life.
It could be something like a phone conversation with my Mom, the sun shining, the squirrel outside the window, or just the fact that I awoke to live another day.
One day, while on a run, I began to tear up, wondering how life had gotten so full, that I had taken those gifts for granted.
That’s when my life began to change.
When I was growing up, God blessed me with the gift of gratitude.
I grew up in an alcoholic home and we seemed to always be struggling to get “air”. Whether that be food, clothes or normalcy.
I seemed to somehow navigate through those early years. Looking back, I realized it was my daily gratitude that allowed me to survive.
No matter how difficult the day would be, I grabbed a piece of positivity.
The extra slice of pizza at lunch in 6th grade, the new friend, a package of Oreos….and all those “small” gratitudes seemed to keep me afloat.
My Grandma(Groom, as we called her) helped me find the Bible at a very young age.
I didn’t always know what I was reading, but I recognized how it made me feel.
Grateful, Safe and at Peace.
As a young adult, I also found the silver linings in all that “went wrong”.
Now, I realize, it was going so very right.
My ask this Thanksgiving is for every soul on this earth to find just ONE thing to be THANKFUL for. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
Thank The Universe, God, whatever you believe…for who you are, what you have been through, and for what you have.
Someone, somewhere, has less than you. Someone, somewhere has more.
But, just maybe, for one day, you can be happy with where you are at.
Meet yourself there.
Open your damn eyes and SEE ….
And then, wake tomorrow and LOOK for the GOOD again. And the next day….you get the point.
Things will be a little different for many this Thanksgiving day.
But what if our Gratitude for the simple things could bring us all to the same table for the day?
Changing your perspective WILL change your life.
Happy Thanksgiving, dear ones.
May you only see the Light 💡