Gratitude

Appreciating What We Have …My Thought for the Day…May 8, 2019

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May 8, 2019

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
If you look at what you don’t have in life,
you’ll never have enough.
Oprah Winfrey


Appreciating What We Have

It is so easy to get caught up focusing on what we don’t have at the moment without appreciating what we do have.  Wishing for more never really leads to feeling good, at least in my experience!

When I find myself in this state, I really try to focus on what I do have, right here and now.  Clothes to wear, food to eat, a place to lay head.  The fact that I can wash my clothes at my house and don’t have to go to the laundromat anymore.  That is huge for me 😂.

Practicing gratitude for what we already have is also such a great exercise for helping to get out of a slump.  Simply listing all things you are grateful for is really quite powerful and can help you get out of a low mood.  Start with the basics if you have to.  Eyes to see, ears to hear, arms to hug with.  It usually begins to snowball from there.

You will ultimately see just how rich you already are!

 

My Thought for the Day…March 28, 2019

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

-Melody Beattie

Today’s quote is a good reminder for me about the effectiveness of gratitude in my life.  When I am feeling down, just the simple act of recognizing something, anything, I am grateful for can begin to turn my attitude around.

Sometimes, when I am very feeling very low, it is hard to see things to be grateful for, but this is just a fallacy in my thinking, a symptom of being down.

There are an infinite amount of things to be grateful for, such as eyes to see and ears to hear, hands to hold, and arms to hug.  And that’s just the tippy tip of the iceberg.  Once I get going, it can become hard to stop!

Before I know it I am not feeling down or sorry for myself anymore and happy again!

Have a great Thursday!