Things have been crazy busy and I am trying super hard to achieve balance in my life. More on that later...
Today, though, I want to talk about gratitude. It seems so simple to have gratitude. I feel like I am a grateful person but I feel like I need to dig deeper. The world has become such a negative place. Just turn the news on or read your newsfeed on Facebook. I mean really. How many people out of ten are complaining about something? I know that everything isn't all sunshine and roses, but I think we as a society need to stop and thank God for the little things in our lives. Seriously think about it. What if every day we wrote down ten things that we are grateful for? They could be big or small. Personally I like to think about the small things because the big things are always the most obvious. For instance, I am thankful for the marks the vacuum leaves in the carpet. I know it's silly, but they make me happy! And even though I see them for only five minutes, I am also thankful that they go away, because it means I have two beautiful children that love to run and play:)
When I get down about something my dad always has told me to think about my life and the wonderful things in it. That no matter how bad you think that you have it, there is always someone worse off. Life is more than just stuff. It is about God's love for us. It is so easy to dwell on the negative! Believe me, I have partaken in the dwelling for so long. One bad thing happens and It's like a domino effect. When it rains, it pours, right? But what if we thought about it the other way. What if we didn't let that one thing affect us negatively just once? Then how would our day turn out? Just try it. Now I know there is reality and there are some things that affect us more deeply than others and are harder to pull out of. I'm not talking about those. This is different.
For instance, I got pulled over yesterday for speeding. Yes, I was guilty, but the last thing I wanted was to be sitting on the side of the road, embarrassed and late for work. But instead of letting it ruin my day, I realized that it could have potentially saved me from an accident or worse. It was God's way of saying slow down.
So after all of this rambling, my point is this. I want to be more optimistic. I was to have more gratitude. Just think of the possibilities!
I know that everyone has bad days and I am not saying you can't or won't. I am just saying don't make all of them bad. Try to have more good days. I know I am trying to:)
Happy Wednesday! Spring is near!
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