Today is one of those days that I am extremely grateful for my gratitude practice and other training on bringing myself back up as it has been quite a day.
It was not easy for me to get up this morning to help Jamey and the cats start their day when his alarm went off at 5:45 AM. I was sleepy and in pain. I went back to sleep after he left and woke up feeling somewhat better, only to learn that
- one friend is dying
- another just had surgery for cancer
- three members of my surrogate family (and their animals) are in the most recent projected path for Hurricane Irma
- and some other things that I can’t refer to here but that are very likely to impact our lives.
These are the days when it is good to remember the story about
The King who wanted words of wisdom that would be true in all times and all situations. He wanted them presented to him so succinctly that they could be inscribed inside of a ring. When the ring was presented to him it read:
Thankfully, one of the Overdrive audiobooks that I am listening to is by Bernie Siegel. When I was feeling physically miserable earlier today, I turned it on to hear him give a reminder of the importance of focusing on gratitude when you are in mental or physical pain as if one focuses on the negatives instead of the positives it makes the pain worse. I needed to hear that right then.
So what I am grateful for today is that I have surrounded myself with so many reminders to focus on the positive. This way when I am having a rough day, there is always something close at hand to remind me not to let myself dwell on what is negative. You cannot be miserable when you are focused on what is good in your life.
No, gratitude practice does not solve all problems but it does allow you to look at the situation from a clearer perspective and make better decisions on those things that you do have control over and be better able to deal with those things (such as a friend dying) that you cannot change.