what better month to reflect on our blessings than November ~ the month of Thanksgiving.
I’ve even noticed a recent trend online of people posting what they’re thankful for daily.
they call it “A month of Thanks”; publicly declaring their gratitude and sharing sentiments with friends.
I definitely admire this idea but wonder how we would all benefit from living in an attitude of gratitude.
not just a particular day, or even month, but a year-long mental posture.
I’ve tried to initiate this in my life, myself. I realized that the longer I dwelled on my unfortunate circumstances, or those of the world (however temporary or permanent), the worse I felt. its like conscientiously choosing to sit in a tub of poisonous liquid- making the choice to marinate in what harms you.
instead, we have the power to choose thoughts which uplift us.
purposely conjuring thoughts of the little things in life that make you smile can radically change your perspective.
I think of a man who I heard speak of the incredible joy he felt when greeting his family after a long day of hard work– even though he lived in poverty and desolate conditions. regardless of the unfair hand dealt to him, he chose to live in happiness when reflecting on the things in life he felt grateful for.
so here we examine the interesting nature of the human mind.
despite physical stress, a person can fight through and endure if they simply alter their mental outlook.
how encouraging! if people can triumph over severe illness, financial setbacks, and heartbreak, just imagine what daily stresses we can easily blow away.
better yet, imagine the nirvana, the gentle inner peace, that awaits you on the other side of eternal thankfulness.
remaining unscathed by the rough elements swirling around you, you stand calm, serene, and smile.
remember: the way you view your world, your circumstances, is the way you view God… the way you view the universe. are experiences aligning only to plot your demise or are they random yet purposeful opportunities available to your benefit? as you step back and give thanks for these events, you are blessed with the opportunity to give back to the world around you, continuing the cycle.
let go and trust.