I woke up this morning after a long weekend off of work for the holidays. Shivering as a ran out of bed to the hot shower. It was the first really cold morning we’d had this winter. Like a cold gust of wind, the negativity whooshed in, cluttering my head with thoughts of “I’m cold” “This sucks” “I don’t want to go to work” “Ugh…”. After about 30 minutes of moping around I heard myself say “Wow! Quit your bitchin’! Didn’t you just start a new year with goals of a more positive life?!”
I stopped right there and looked around my (rather small) but cozy apartment realizing I’d just wasted part of my morning complaining about the very few crappy- and by crappy, I mean really not soÂ crappy-Â things involved in my day, rather than being extremely grateful for the millions of other amazing things existing all around me. And I began to think “Look how cute my dogs are” “I’m so happy I wake up with my wife each morning” “Thank goodness I remembered to buy coffee”. In poured the positive thoughts.
I physically felt my perspective change, my body shift, my mood boost.
It can be so easy to fall into a downward spiral of negativity because, hey, it’s true, there will always be something “better” that could be happening or someone out there that has “more” than you. But, there are many many more who have less. By simply focusing on gratitude for what we have right now and where we are presently, we will be able to feel the pure joy and beauty of the now.
If you find yourself in a funk, just start listing the things you are grateful for. Before bed, in the shower, while you’re on hold for the 5th time that day and all you really want to do is throw your phone across the room. Write them down or just let them float in your head. Whatever works best for you to help shift your spirit into a positive state. Your best you shines when you are passionate and grateful in the present moment.