It all starts with gratitude …

When you change how you look at things, the things you look at change. [Dr.Wayne W. Dyer]

On January 1, 2015 one of my New Year’s resolutions was to start each day writing down at least one thing that I was grateful for from the previous day. Part of that daily routine is to review some of the things that have been written previously. Change how I look at things!

The premise behind this exercise is to start each day with positive thoughts … feeling grateful for something. It was not long afterwards that I could not limit myself to just one thing, so most days I write 2 things and sometimes 3. My “gratitude journal” now has well over 4000 items on it. It has become a life altering part of my life and my routines.

It is easy to focus on the negative stuff since it seems like human nature. I have found that by expressing gratitude and looking for the positive, my energy is lifted. This is the exact opposite of the way my energy is dragged when I focus on the negative.

When looking at, and for, the positive in situations, the result is that often I see the positive in a negative. I can see how something which may be viewed as negative, can actually be a stepping stone for something positive, something even better.

It is when I start thinking about these things that I have an even bigger understanding and appreciation for a power much greater than mine that is in control of the universe.

A closing note on gratitude … many times the source of something to be grateful for originates in another person. It is important to express gratitude, either verbally or in writing, to that person. Saying “thank you” can easily be the motivation or inspiration for that person to do more.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Feedback is not needed but still appreciated.

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