It takes the same amount of energy to be grateful as it does to be hateful. This is something that I try to remind myself of daily. The same breath that I use to complain could be used to praise my Lord.
Whatever we do repeatedly will be our default. If we pick apart our days and search for the negativity, then we will surely find something to be upset about. Complaining is a habit. Kind of like a badge of honor. Sometimes we feel as if we need to complain to make ourselves more interesting.
If we will replace the negative, complaining mindset with one of gratitude, then our life will change. To truly feel thankful in our hearts for something is a blessing. It doesn’t have to be anything big either. We can take the smallest thing, like a good cup of coffee, and be grateful. When we feel the gratitude as we are drinking the coffee, then it just makes it better.
We can shift our mindset on anything to make it better. I used to hate to go to the grocery story, until I just stopped one day and realized that it is such a blessing to have money to buy food for my kids. While I still might not like the process, I will not complain about it. Somewhere there is a mother without food or water for her child that would love to trade places with me.
When we can get our minds to look for the positive and feel grateful, then our life will be better. Today, I am thankful for another day. I’m thankful that God woke me up. I’m not in pain. I am warm. I have luxuries to make my life easier. It is my favorite day of the week. I love going to church. I am grateful for a wonderful church to attend and for the peace in my heart. Then I get to spend all day at my parent’s house visiting with my family. Once I start naming a few things, my mind automatically starts searching for more things for me to be grateful for. It’s a beautiful process.
While I might have been sleepy and a little cranky before, now I am excited for my day. I’m actually smiling as I type this. Today is going to be a wonderful day, and I’m so thankful that God blessed me with it.
Love and blessings,