The other day I was chatting with my husband and I made the comment that I didn’t know what to blog about. I was brutally honest and told him that I just couldn’t think of something positive to write about. I hadn’t discovered any fancy tips or tricks recently. In my eyes both our marriage and our parenting needed some serious polishing. I hadn’t had a spiritual aha moment for what seemed like a long while. Even being adventurous in our kitchen hadn’t been happening.
I was tired.
I was tired of being tired.
The result was me finding negativity far too easy to slide into.
For every small positive I could manage to get my mind to think of five negatives popped up to surround and squash it.
Then a few days later I was in the one place I get alone time at home…the shower. I was talking to God. Complaining to Him really. My whoas were being mentally listed for every category of my life. Marriage, finances, kids, spiritual, health…the list just went on and on.
I couldn’t tell you what caused me to stop. I didn’t have some epiphany. But I stopped listing complains and began to list my blessings.
A faithful, loving husband. A paycheck that gets food on the table and keeps a roof over our heads. Kids that are happy and healthy. The ability to pray at any time in any location. Free of disease and no major sicknesses. The blessings list was long. My shower was over long before I ran out of things to list.
All of a sudden life didn’t seem that bad. How could I complain when I had already been given so much?
Did you know choosing to see the good and being thankful can actually turn a negative attitude into a positive one?
Now I’m not saying that the negatives go away. Problems do not cease to exist. Wants and needs do not depart in the wake of a positive attitude. There are still things in every single corner of my life that I would like to see changed and improved.
And yet having a positive attitude makes life better even when those changes and improvements are not occurring.
Today’s post is an encouragement to count your blessings…count them one by one. See what God has in fact done! Choose to see the good and be thankful!
A positive attitude will follow!
How do you count your blessings? Is there something specific you do to remain positive? I would love to know what it is!