Can we take an extremely hectic, overwhelming, stressful, end-of-the-rope day and make it shine? Is it reasonable to believe that a small change in our perception and attitude can turn something dark and gray into something shiny and bright? Yes, and not only do I believe it is reasonable, I know it is possible having experienced it first hand in my life. Is it easy to do? Not always, but the rewards are immeasurable and can positively affect not only you but those with whom you come in contact.
Cynicism runs rampant in a world of unmet expectations, disappointments, intolerance for imperfections, quick judgments, and a disdain for perceived weaknesses not only in others but in our selves. Everyday we become distracted by those unexpected moments that may or may not be, within our control. Our ability to manage those distractions in order to move forward in hope and confidence quickly become challenged, opening the door for tension, stress, impatience, and negativity to enter our mind and body.
How in the world does one part the clouds on a stormy day and let the bright rays of the sun shine boldly through? Too many times we find ourselves counting the events that cause us stress and worry, concentrating solely on the negative impact it has in our lives. To make a day shine we must pause for a few minutes, and take time to count what is right in our lives. If we are to make our dark day brighter, we must learn to develop an attitude of gratitude for the positives, and yes, no matter how bleak life may seem, we can always find something to be grateful for.
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Challenge: Take five minutes at the end of each day and write down five things you are thankful for.