Surrounding yourself with people who are grateful in their lives makes a huge impact in your life. The other day, I had my 6 week post surgical checkup and I happened to be in a lot of pain all over that day. As the day went on, not only did the pain levels increase, but I felt myself slipping into a "whoa is me" feeling and getting a little teary at my circumstances. After my checkup, I then had an Acupuncture appointment with Dr. D'Orazio, and her empathy and compassion, and willingness to acknowledge how I was feeling stopped the spiral I was finding myself in. You know what happened next? For the short time it took to put those needles where they needed to go, we were able to laugh and talk about how grateful we are for the lives we have. We talked about the woman in Oregon with terminal brain cancer that ended her life last weekend and were so infinitely grateful that we don't have to be in that situation. We talked about how grateful we are for the wonderful people in our lives that support us in our ups and downs, health crisis or not, because we both know that not everyone has that in their lives. My day was transformed, just like that. I may not have been my happy self the remainder of the day, but I was able to acknowledge my circumstances for what they were, and be grateful for them instead of something much worse. The rest of my day was much better than the first part of it.
Each day we are given is a gift. Each day we wake up we get a new day to experience all of the blessings that we have and to appreciate all of the wonderful things surrounding us. To waste that gift we've been given each day on negativity, or toxic people, or letting people tear you down, is one less day you get to live happily and content. It's one less day to be able to see all the good you do have in your life, all that you have to be grateful for.
It may seem hard, but find ways each day to acknowledge anything in your life that you can find to be grateful for. I guarantee the more you do this, the easier it becomes, and the more you will find in your life to be grateful for. Find people around you who seem to always be happy and spend more time with them. Let other's happiness and gratitude have an affect on how you see things and watch your life transform before your eyes for the better. Don't waste the gift you've been given each day.
What are you grateful for today?