GOOD morning! Ahhh yes, it is going to be a good day!
I am sore, happy, have a great job, healthy, and in love, what else do you need?!
I do not use this space on the Internet to complain, rant, or tell you everything that goes on in life, but I choose to do this. I choose NOT to dwell on the negative as much as I can. (And YES, crappy things happen to me too. I just complain to my husband, pray a lot, and sleep on it. Hah)
Yes, I will bring up some issues here, and yes I’ve told you many hard things that have come my way, but I do not believe in constantly yammering about what’s ‘wrong’ with life, because there is always so much GOOD with life.
When we dwell on the negative, our thoughts, actions, and even very being starts to become negative. And I want no part in that! Of course I am a realist as well, and I understand that crappy things happen, but a consistent negative outlook on life (you know those people too), makes for a very ugly conversation and/or blog experience, indeed.
I didn’t used to always think like this, and I complained a lot more than I do now (but I still do my fair share, don’t get me wrong!), but because of this shift, I have experienced some beautiful things.
1. Firstly, I believe having a positive outlook comes from being grateful. Being thankful from the deepest corners of your hearts can change your outlook, for the better!
Instead of seeing all those issues or problems as huge challenges or obstacles, I like to see them as opportunities for growth, and areas of my life that will help me be my BEST self.
Because honestly, aren’t we all just trying a little harder each day to be the best version we can be of ourselves?!
And this ONE reason, was enough to help me on my road to eventual recovery from my ED and disordered eating habits. Gratitude is a beautiful thing!
2. Gratitude brings peace within, and peace within makes you unstoppable.
(I heard a boss of mine say this, and it rang true to my ears!)
I have seen this happen in my own life-when I am more grateful, life gets even better! Truly, it brings such a peace to know that you’re happy with the life you have, instead of worrying about the life you wish you had. And that peace can work miracles!
I think it’s safe to say that I have been more successful and confident in relationships, work, life, and spiritual matters when I am more grateful. I know that expressing gratitude is NOT a thing of the past, and will always be the right thing to do.
3. Being thankful brings positivity to all relationships and will improve humanity and quality of life.
I know that having this thankful mindset helps me to see other people in a better light. I judge them less, I treat myself better, and I am so much more apt to help others out.
Think about it, when you’re in a crappy mood, how excited are you for your best friend’s new job promotion??
Exactly. You’re not.
We’re so much happier and kinder to ourselves and others when we’re grateful, and when we see life as a fabulous place to grow, instead of a nuisance or ‘tough’ thing we must get through.
And this, my friends, is why I try to focus on things I am grateful for (and end up doing what I love), and have marked Thursdays, Thankful Thursdays
- I am grateful for a fan that blows on me at night. Feels sooooo good and I sleep like it’s my job.
- I am thankful for ice, cold water. I need it COLD, you guys!
- I am super grateful for being healthy–no more being sick for me. Woot!
Well, on that note, I am grateful to be awake and ready to go to spin and then swim (I didn’t do it yesterday), then off to work.
Remember, YOU can be grateful for what you already have. Don’t wish your days away, because you’ll never get today back.
Seize the day, and have a FABULOUS one!
What does gratitude bring YOU?? What experiences have YOU had that make YOU thankful for today?? What are YOU most thankful for right now??