We all face problems and crisis of some sort every day. There are some things we have no control over, so we must let it fly. Whatever we do have control over, just seize it, if you can. It may be difficult, but the path to happiness never did run smooth. In times like these it’s more important than ever to find gratitude because it’s a powerful thing. You can do it and you can feel better for it.

It is too easy to complain or judge these days. Too many people that cannot seem to mind their own business. Who knows what drives them. Is it?

  • Jealousy
  • Low self esteem
  • Envy
  • Bitterness
  • Competition
  • Nosy
  • Boredom
  • Ignorance
  • Self appointed entitlement
  • Pride
  • Snobbish
  • Hatred/Anger
  • Fear
  • Loneliness

Who knows what runs in the mind of others. I certainly do not want to know. I believe that each person has their own separate path in life and there is no reason to compare yourself to others. That also includes the reverse version.

Have you ever known someone who said this?

Me: I had a bad day.

Them: My day was worse.

Me: I had a great day.

Them: My day was the greatest/worst

Me: A loved one passed away

Them: You’re all alone now, but I’ve still got my husband.

Sounds and reads silly right? Yes, there are people who behave and speak this way. I gave up trying to figure out why. I stopped caring about people who bring a down tone into my life. I fazed away from them all. I definitely do not want that.

Sure, there are things that I want in this one life. It’s not a big list, but to me it’s an important short list. Before even dissecting my list into a reality based plan I lived in an anger zone. Was it productive? Absolutely not.

Instead of anger, I chose sunshine. It does take a lot of practice to reprogram the mind and heart to believe in the positive. My anxiety taught me a valuable lesson.

Now I don’t want to preach religion. Each person has their own path and beliefs. I can only discuss mine. I chose, with the help of a wonderful friend, to reconnect my heart with Jesus Christ and his teachings. As a child I saw it one way, but as an adult I see and feel clarity about it. I take things one day at a time, and every day is better than yesterday.

In my peak of anxiety I begin with speaking to Jesus and expressing, vocally (in a whisper) all the positive things that I am grateful for.

What are you grateful for?

I did not believe that I had anything to be grateful for, but I was so wrong.

  • I lost my father at an early age, yet I thank Jesus for giving me the most wonderful man as my father and those years were beautiful. I learned so much from him in that short time. I am forever grateful.
  • I still have my mother. She’s a strong and lovely woman and I’m grateful for her generosity of spirit and sense of humor. It brings out her beauty more than it already does. I am grateful.
  • I am lucky and grateful to have my aunt and uncle and cousins. They have been my second family and I love them dearly. We may be adults now, but they know I love them.
  • I am deeply grateful that Jesus found it in his heart to send me three beautiful men in my life. Each has brought me into a new perspective and view of life. Each taught me valuable lessons on love and communication and to love without fear. I’m forever grateful even though the Lord called them home to him.
  • I have very few intimates, but I am so grateful for them. My circle may be small but it’s a wonderful one filled with adult conversation and laughter. There is equal respect and integrity and honesty, however brutal it may be. Sometimes being honest to a friend can be brutal, yet I commend them for it.
  • After much disappointment and heartache the Lord decided on a new path for me with love. My husband is a grateful blessing that I must acknowledge. I didn’t think it would happen, having another chance. I’m grateful for him and in addition his lovely cockatiel bird. It’s fantastic to have a pet again.
  • I feel grateful for the peace inside my heart and soul knowing and believing that Jesus loves me and has a beautiful path for me. I gave up my fears to him and let them go. It’s a calming feeling and I love it.

I have more but I thought I’d stop for now.

Every day when I speak I acknowledge everyone and proclaim my gratitude. I’m thankful from my health to my family.

Anxiety doesn’t have to ruin you, yet it can steer you into an uplifting life. As I express my gratitude I notice that my anxiety lessens enormously. I’m so grateful for that.

In the midst of acknowledging so many wonderful things to be grateful for, I have noticed changes in my own life, within myself. I lost weight, have more energy, and I feel more focused and with clarity. It feels fantastic.

It’s not an overnight sensation, and does take practice to remember good things instead of bad. Do not give up on finding those good things in your life. Start with one gratitude and work your way up.

Having and acknowledging gratitude is powerful, in my opinion. It can open your heart to positivity and possibilities that could never be imagined if you were negative or hate filled. Hate serves zero purpose and would only hurt you in the end.

Choose gratitude, just one, for today.

Of course, I am utterly grateful for all of you. You’ve helped me overcome shyness and fear of the unknown. I am thankful from the bottom of my heart.

Be well my friends! 😊

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