We all have times/moments in life when it looks like everything is against us. It looks like we are not where we should be or things are not quite working as we expect.
Sometimes we feel we are not where we want to be despite having tried all. To continue in this line of thought only leads to discouragement and despair.
At such times, when we feel we do not know what to do next, we need to re-evaluate the situation(s). And to help do this effectively, we need to see the situation through the eyes of gratitude
A lot has been said about being grateful. It can not be over flogged. I have discovered that this gratitude thing has got to be personal i.e. it is not a duty or a mechanical event. Sit down, take a sheet of paper and pen and begin to list things you are grateful for example:
- You are alive
- You are not in the hospital
- You have eyes to read this
- You have hands to type
- You have opportunity to access the internet
- You have 10 fingers
- You have 10 toes
- You are not bed ridden
- Things are bad but not everything is bad
Recently, my wife and I decided to take stock, we took a sheet of paper and divided it into two. We listed the good things on the left and the bad ones on the right. As we started listing all we could remember, it became apparent that the challenge is predominantly in only one area.
The exercise helped us to know that our challenges are in only one area and all the other things are working fine. So we were able to give thanks.
The exercise is such that no one can do it on your behalf but you have got to step back and consciously remember the things in your life that are working.
If we forget our problems the way we forget our blessings, life will be great.
It is amazing how when we focus on the positive, we see a light …The more grateful we are, for the things that have worked, that are working, the easier it is for us to move forward. Also, it is as if the exercise turns the light on and you suddenly begin to see things from a different light.
When you do not know what to do and you are feeling down and dejected, switch over consciously to the positive side by being grateful and you will be amazed how things turn around.