I’m on day 4 of a book titled May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness And Gabrielle Bernstein’s affirmation for today is “gratitude is my only attitude today. I’m grateful. The weather in my area has been stormy and unpredictable. One day it’s hot and humid, setting record highs. The next day storms erupt followed by the typical winter weather minus five to 10 degrees.
My emotions and thoughts have followed the same pattern. Like the weather, circumstances beyond my control have left me lost. Regrettably, I tried to stop and control my stormy emotions rather than allow the storm to pass, which prolonged the suffering rather than let it abate.
In walks gratitude. I temporarily forgot all of these I have to be grateful. I’m healthy. I have a roof over my head. I have my kids, and they are healthy as well. I have my loving, happy memories. I may have lost something special to me, but I still have plenty.
Being in a state of gratitude may not be an easy state to shift into. But it can shift your perspective. Gratitude allows you to focus on the positives in your life. With gratitude you can circumvent negative habits that may cause you to overeat, smoke, veg out in front of the television, and so on.
So, what do you have in your life to be grateful for?
If you can’t think of anything, start with the small stuff first and work your way up. Be grateful for the shoes on your feet; the sun in the sky, the very air you breathe, etc.