Do you ever have that morning where you wake up, and life just stinks? The last thing on your mind is an “attitude of gratitude.” In your mind, you ponder how life is unfair, or how you got the short end of the stick. It can be a dangerous place to reside for too long.
In the blink of an eye, life’s negativity can overpower us, especially if we are in the midst of unwanted circumstances. When that happens to me …
I see UGLY, I feel UGLY, and I am UGLY.
Imperfections jump out at me from everywhere including all of my shortcomings and yours too. The pictures are crooked, the house is cold, and the furniture is worn. I look around, and I see everything I want but do not have. Of course, social media loves to toy with me as I look at happy people with smiles shining bright, a vacation I only dream of, and perfect lives displayed for all to see.
What can one do to avert the massive volcano of unhappiness that is about to erupt? The best possible solution is to …
Make a choice – to become a “Gratitude Seeker.”
One might ask, “Why bother?” – Well, have you ever noticed those who seem to have the “attitude of gratitude” seem, to be full of joy? They exhibit contentment in all circumstances. They tend to have more empathy, energy, and optimism; all of the things that add value to our lives.
True, some people are just naturally ”Gratitude Seekers” – you can spot them a mile away. They smile and laugh and point out the good things in life as if nothing is wrong. I used to consider them “fake, ” but now I see it is a much better way to live.
Those that are genuine have mastered the art of experiencing two things at once. Yes, pain and joy can exist in the same moment. One does not necessarily cancel out the other but seeking gratitude can help us to find joy in the present moment.
With a little practice, all of us can become “Gratitude Seekers.”
The choice is ours every moment of every day. We can choose to see what we have or what we lack. Why not be a “Gratitude Seeker?” It certainly can’t hurt, and it might even surprise you.
Being grateful is a state of being. It isn’t just being thankful and using the right platitudes. It is a mindset; that takes practice. It is where you choose to focus your thoughts on what you have instead of what you lack.
It can be as simple as closing your eyes right now. Open them up and list out ten things that are good in this present moment. When a mindset of gratitude is practiced, it can become your new way of life. No, it is not perfect. When those unwanted circumstances start to show up, and the negativity starts creeping in, you can push those thoughts away and choose to see the beauty in the midst of the ugly.
When you begin to focus on all that you have, an “attitude of gratitude” is developed, and life itself becomes more beautiful. You find beauty where you thought there was none, you hear laughter where you once heard silence, and you see all that you have and not what you lack.
Should you decide to adopt an attitude of gratitude, be patient with yourself because it will take some practice. Also, don’t forget the most critical part to attain in this state of being is to express all this newfound gratitude to your heavenly Father above.
Will you choose to be a “gratitude seeker” in this season of your life? I would love to hear what you are most grateful for in this present moment.