This week I met up with a friend who seems to be dealing with quite a few challenges right now in his life. As I listened to him to lend my support, I looked around and realised how blessed he was. Don’t get me wrong, we are entitled to vent about the things that negatively affect us but I couldn’t help but wonder if other people would have looked at me the same way in the past when I complained about things that bothered me in my life. It’s really a challenge to focus mostly on the blessings when faced with adversity but it’s something I believe is worth mastering. Gratitude leads to increased happiness and a positive mental attitude attracts more blessings. I’m not saying to act as if the challenges don’t exist but a piece of advice given to me by Dave Bhajan from UTT many years ago, was “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change”. When I’m complaining, I need to remind myself of the following:
- I woke up this morning.
- I have family and friends to love, who also love me.
- I have a home to live in.
- I have the health and strength to do quite a lot with my life right now.
- I have multiple sources of income.
- All my senses are functioning.
- I am educated to a post graduate level.
- I have the freedom to do what I want whenever I want.
I can add so much more to this list but that would bore you…lol. What’s important is that I refine my way of thinking to focus more on what’s good in my life and see a deeper purpose and meaning in what may not be going so great.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”…Maya Angelou