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Gratitude - Focusing on what you are grateful for.
When was the last time you thought about what you were grateful for? Really focused on it? How simple would it be to make a list?
Before I go to sleep I reflect on my day, the choices I made, what I accomplished, and those that I touched or that touched me. I say to myself or write in my journal what I am grateful for.Each day determines if something new or different may be added. Some days, I think about what I am grateful for throughout the day. The important thing is to remember to be grateful.Don’t just think it, feel it.
What I am Grateful For
The following is a list of what I am grateful for today. I always start out from a general standpoint and then get specific about who and what I am grateful for.
I am happy and grateful for my health, wealth and happiness.
I am happy and grateful for my family, friends and loved ones.
I am happy and grateful for my husband Ryan.
I am happy and grateful for my Parents, whom after over 30 years are still together.
I am happy and grateful for my Sisters.
I am so happy and grateful for my beautiful and healthy niece Hanna and the time that I get to spend with her.
I am grateful for Amber’s husband and his family. They love my sister and niece and are extremely helpful with Hanna.
I am grateful for my grandmother, all my aunts, uncles and cousins.
I am grateful for my in-laws and the extended family that I now call my own. I joke with my husband and tell him his family is half the reason I married him. While there is some truth to that statement, I never underestimate the power of family and how important it is that you not only get along, but love one another.
I am happy and grateful for my best friend since the first grade and the select close friends that I have.
I am so happy and grateful for:
·My home - Electricity, gas, water (hot and cold), heat, AC, appliances, etc.
·My beautiful and reliable car - V6 engines, I love going fast!
·Money to afford my house and car payments as well as other bills
·My dog Ace and both my cats
·My ability to learn new things
·My long, thick hair
·My clear, soft skin
·The smell of fresh cut grass
·The smell of a freshly blossomed lily
·My eyesight, hearing, and all other senses
The list can go on and on. It is amazing the difference it can make to focus on the positive things in life and what we are truly happy and grateful for. Does this mean I never think about the negatives? Of course not, I just choose not to dwell or focus on them. If it is something I can change, I focus on changing it. If I cannot change it, I choose to accept it and move on.
Too often we choose, yes choose, to focus on all the things we don’t have, that we want, and what others have that we do not. What good can possibly come from that mode of thinking? Today, make the conscious decision to begin focusing on what you are grateful for. See what a positive difference it makes and how it impacts the way you feel.
What are you most grateful for?
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