A string of events left me feeling stuck and frustrated. To make matters worse, the news of the untimely death of music icon, Prince, devastated me. I was a huge fan.
My usual “default” position of turning to comfort foods was no longer an option. I was already having trouble fitting into my skinny jeans, and, well… feared putting on additional pounds.
In an act of desperation, I decided to reframe my thoughts. To feel better, I made myself focus on my blessings, rather than my burdens. And you should too.
A PARADIGM SHIFT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Far too often we become focused on the negative things that are woven into the everyday fabric of life (a bad boss, financial woes, family dysfunction, moral decay, violence around us), that we forget how blessed and fortunate we are. Not to mention, writers are typically sensitive souls.
We feel so deeply. True?
When I retrained my brain, and took the time to reflect, there were countless blessings I was able to recognize and embrace, in the midst of my rough patch:
BLESSINGS ARE ALL AROUND US…
Here is a short list of mine
Peace of mind blessings-- I’m not dealing with any grudges or unforgiveness in my heart.
Food & Shelter--There’s food in the cupboard and a roof over my head.
Relational blessings--I have friends and family that I love and who love me; I have self-love.
Simple pleasures blessings-- I know the joy of a good book, good music, good food, laughter, nature, bubble baths, herbal tea, personal freedom.
Spiritual blessings--I have a religious foundation and a relationship with God. Creature comforts--An impressive candy stash, collection of diverse books, music, a big back yard for summer parties.
Creative gifts blessings--I am innovative and talented with expressing myself with words.
I love that I get to do what I love;sometimes helping other people to live better in the process. I love being part of the blogging community.
By the time I took inventory of my life, I felt much better. You should try it.
This “exercise” doesn’t require a gym membership, and there's no "heavy lifting" to strain you.
Go even further here. Why not keep a weekly “Blessings Journal” to capture and chronicle the many awesome things that may go unnoticed in your hurried state?
Referring back to it from time to time can help you move forward in positivity, grace and gratitude.
..And if you are blessed (like I am) to still be able to celebrate this "Mother's Day" with your mom, add that to the top of your list.
Happy Mother's Day to you and yours.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thoughts? Do you keep a blessings journal?