There is a lot of wisdom in some of the old sayings I find myself repeating over and over again. One of my favorites is - “Count Your Blessings!” Why is this? Because the more time I spend feeling grateful, the more blessings I receive!
So many of us live truly blessed lives. We have good food to eat, warm homes, and the loving kindness of friends and family. But how often do we find ourselves getting caught up in the minor annoyances of life instead of what’s good? It happens to all of us at one point or another that we focus on what’s bad instead of all the wonderful things. This is a red alert that we need to begin to count our blessings!
Our ability to see our blessings is directly related to how many we have. Think about it this way: If you are on the lookout for things that irritate you, you’ll find them. But if you focus instead on the things that bring you joy, you’ll find them instead. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut of concentrating on what’s not working. This is when it’s time to pause, get out a pen and paper, and write down every single thing for which we are grateful.
Work on developing an attitude of gratitude. Make it your default state. Every time you start to feel sad, angry, or annoyed, get out your list of blessings. See how many there are, and see if you can add to the list. It might take a little time to train yourself to focus on the many blessings in your life, but once you do, you’ll realize that they are everywhere!