As I sat yesterday working on my "Spirit of Gratitude" post, I considered the weekend just past. It seemed to just fly past - as most of our weekends do. Full of errands to run, chores to take care of, projects to complete (or at least to make some progress towards completion) I thought about family. I thought on what might be considered trials we are facing for the moment. And the joys we are experiencing.
It's almost dizzying at times how much can pack into a matter of a few days. At the pace of human life, it's easy for things to get overlooked. Missed. Or forgotten. We are only capable of focusing on so much at any one time.
What are you focusing on in life? The blessings, the good moments, the quiet, the peace? Or the negative, the stressful moments, the busyness? The choice is yours.
For me, the point of my gratitude journaling is to focus on the goodness in my life. To make myself find at least a few good points in every day. No matter how terrible, horrible, very bad the day seemed. There is never a day that is NO good. There is always something in that day to be thankful for. Even if it's just that you made it through, you are still breathing, and that particular day is over and done.
My challenge to you this week is this: every day find at least three things for which you can breathe out a "thank you" to the God of the universe. Write them down. Keep them where you can see them. If you find the negative thoughts creeping in - look at the blessings you have written down. See if it doesn't help improve your mood. And your week.