On any given day any of us can give examples of current events in our lives that are disheartening, distasteful, and unsatisfactory to say the least. On those same given days there are a plethora of events/circumstances for which to be thankful, humbled and grateful. The difference in which attitude one takes for the day rests with each of us individually. You can see the challenges or you can see the blessings. I make every attempt to see the blessings. I generally refer to the following list to reorder my steps when I mentally get off track. They help me. Hopefully they may help some of you as well.
1. You are in your right mind
a) This sounds like a simple concept until you stop to consider the large number of people who suffer from some type of mental disorder. Many people have chemical imbalances that render them incapable of navigating life’s paths without medication for stabilization. This is ok, too. I am thankful medicine has advanced to the point where most , some with help some without, can go through life in their “right mind.”
b) Being in your right mind carries some responsiblity . You are responsible for and have control over your thoughts. “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” What you focus on you give energy to. Think you are having a bad day and you most certainly will. Start each day telling yourself and others that you are feeling and doing great and it shall be so.
c) Train yourself to look for the blessings as they are certainly there. Counting your blessings and focusing on helping others will always alter the mental state. Remember “the Lord is blessing me right now.”
2. You have a roof over your head
a) The rate of homelessness is increasing as the economy continues to lag and citizens continue to lose jobs. We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. You are blessed to live in the conditions that you do.
b) Home is where the heart is. If you have love and a place to stay, you have a home. Even if it is a temporary home.
c) Your children do not care as much about the trappings as you think. As long as you are there to love them, they are happy and at home.
3. You have a job to go that provides for you.
a) Having a job in these times is a blessing. Be thankful for it as you consider to search for something more suitable.
b) Even if you are part of the unemployment numbers, this is the land of opportunity. There is always something even if it is not the perfect job.
c) Unemployed? Now is the best time to explore what your true calling REALLY is.
4. At your best you are loved
a) You have friends and family who truly love you and want the best for you. This should always give you solace.
b) Relationship ended? Having a hard time finding “the one?” Believe with all your heart that the opportunity to find love always exists. Wait with expectation. It is coming. In the meantime, work on being the best you. Concentrate on self and you will attract what you become.
5. You have your health
a) Your health is never to be taken for granted. As long as you are in good health you are blessed beyond measure.
b) If you are not in your best health, is never too late to make a change – right now, today! “I wish I could exercise every day.” Don’t wish- do!
c) Don’t trust the value of good health? Have a conversation with the elderly or the infirm and listen to what they have to tell you about valuing /maintaining good health.
This is just my list of staples. There are hundreds more I’m sure. Please share with me some of the things you use in self- talk to regain your footing on a more positive path. Remember happiness rests within. You are the key to your emotional well being. So you think so you are. Be well and be happy.
Spread love… peace and blessings.