This week has been difficult for me. Well, to be perfectly honest, it has kicked my ass pretty good. It seems the bad news just keeps coming and coming. I typically bounce back pretty well, but this morning I think I finally hit the wall. Or maybe that was the bottom of the pile of poop I’ve been stuck in all week. Typically I’m pretty positive and life may kick at me, but it doesn’t get me down for long. Today I felt like I was just done fighting and wanted to crawl back in bed and hide under the covers. Very adult of me, isn’t it?
What I’ve come to realize though is that days (weeks?) like this are when I really need to focus on gratitude the most. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for over three years now. It sounds counterintuitive to some people, but on the days when I struggle most, I sit down and find at least three things to be grateful for. They may be small things, but they shift my focus and help me feel centered again. I really believe there is always a bit of light, if we only take the time to see it. Have you heard the saying “What you focus on, expands”? I find that is often true, so by focusing on gratitude and positivity I bring more of it to the forefront. Right away these thoughts came to mind about what I’m grateful for today:
- for new people coming into my life and bringing joy
- for friends that trust me and have earned mine to the point we can share anything
- for a job that pays well and keeps a roof over my head
- for a driveway to shovel when it snows because it means I have a home
- for a dog who loves the snow far more than I ever thought possible
If we didn’t have snow on some of the streets, I’d have my motorcycle out for a bit of riding therapy. But, my skills aren’t ready to be tested on ice or snow yet, so that will have to wait. I see the light of positivity, small though it may be today. I have much to be thankful for and I will keep moving forward!