Every day we should stop to really think about our true gifts, especially the ones we don’t always recognize but are right there too.
Tonight I challenge you to think about something or someone who is bugging you. And then I want you to turn your thoughts around and think about why you’re lucky to have that person or that particular problem. Try and list three things you’re thankful for about your current situation. Maybe even write down your thoughts so you can see your gratitude on paper. See if your feelings change after you practice gratitude. It works for me.
Count your blessings, not your gaps. What we focus our attention and minds on is what we create.
I used to really dislike cats. I never wanted to be near them and always complained. I thought they were gross and smelly and irritating and they made me sneeze and made my eyes water and generally made me feel horrible. If one came near me, I would move, which usually meant they would follow me. I think cats have a 6th sense.
My husband had cats when I first met him and I wondered how long they would last. I almost considered not dating him because of his feline friends and my extreme dislike for their presence. When they passed away from old age, I never wished for cats again.
Flash forward ten years.
Look at me know. This cat loves me and wants affection all the time. As soon as I sit for a minute, he shows up. I actually enjoy his company and this surprises me. He loves to sit right on my chest and rub all over my chin and face, giving me kisses. I allow this behavior and smile.
Who knew that a cat hater could become a cat lover? This is very odd to me and makes me wonder what other things in my mind might change over time. I wonder if we should get a dog?
How have you changed your mind dramatically?
The mind is so powerful and impressionable. It tells us what we like and how we feel and helps guide us to do what we choose to do and so many other things. And once we make up our mind, usually we follow the direction we’ve decided.
For example, I used to not like cats. I told myself I didn’t like cats and therefore I didn’t. I didn’t make any effort to like them or enjoy them and didn’t give them a second glance. I cared very little for their presence. I was happy for people who had them, but I had no desire or interest to share in their joy.
That is until I decided to like them and let them into my mind. I reluctantly granted my children’s wish and agreed to have cats at our house. It was a slow process, but I changed my mind and accepted them.
I decided they were actually cute and fun and allowed myself to enjoy them. I really surprised my husband, my kids and even myself as I find myself sneaking into their room to hold them and let them out. I love watching them play and I love the life they bring to our family. It feels like we have joyful fur babies!!
Who knew I could change my mind and find joy? Have you ever changed your mind for the better when you never thought you would? So curious and very cool!
Aren’t they cute?? Life is good!