14 Mar 2010 No Comments
We’ve all heard the saying ‘when the going gets tough the tough gets going’. I’ve often wondered, how do they do it? How do they keep going when faced with insurmountable challenges? I believe I’ve found an answer to my question. Rather than wallowing on self pity ‘the tough’ focus on the positive things in their lives thus, bringing forth a feeling of gratitude that helps them overcome any obstacle.
By now you are probably thinking, ‘ yeah right easy for you to say because you are not in my shoes’. Well, we all wear our own shoes. Meaning, each one of us has our own problems and challenges that may seem insurmountable to ourselves. So here is a thought. Next time you feel that you are drowning in problems choose gratitude rather than self-pity.
Stop the sorrow sunami and focus on the blessings around you. Blessings come in many forms and guises and often are just taken for granted. Enumerating the blessings in my life is the best strategy I’ve found to keep me focused on the positive. My own personal list goes something like this:
• Enjoying good health
• Having my aging parents still in good health
• Loving relationships with friends and family
• Rewarding life work
• Developing my creativity
So ‘when the dog bites or the bee stings’ as the popular song says, I simply go to my list of blessing to recapture the feeling of gratitude. Like a trusted medication, the healing effect is immediate. The pain becomes manageable when I know I am blessed in so many ways.
A wise friend of mine gave me a small notebook a few years ago for Christmas. It was a simple blank writing pad that she called a gratitude journal. She said that everything I wrote in it would convey a message to the universe of the things I wished to attract. Every night before I go to bed I write 5 things that I’m grateful for. These could be things I presently have or simply a wish list of experiences I hope will come. As I write my list I give thanks in advance to my beloved spiritual guides for doing their part in making my wishes come true. Over the years I’ve manifested many of the items in my list. Some have been small while others have been significant but each of them has serve to renew and strengthen my faith in the POWER OF GRATITUDE.
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