Blessings are sometimes hard to acknowledge. There are so many things that we often take for granted that others would want so desperately to have. Maintaining perspective is key to positive mental health and can be done by practicing the act of gratitude in our lives.
Different people value different things at different points in time. We take on different roles throughout our lives and evolve with that. What you want when you are 16 tends to be far different from what you want in your 30’s, and so on. And in the practice of wanting, it becomes easy to forget the act of being thankful for your blessings.
Some people actively acknowledge their blessings on a daily basis. One way to do this is by simply writing down 5 things you are grateful for on any given day. This practice can change your whole mood around. Identifying your blessings allows you to see them in your life and appreciate their presence and contribution.
One thing that I am grateful for is my ability to write. I feel blessed with a gift that allows me to make sense of the world around me while communicating that journey to others. I work on my craft daily so as to flex my writing abilities like you would a muscle at the gym. I have nurtured my writing since I was a child, at one point literally studying a rhyming dictionary (I loved that book!). However, I was not always aware of the effect writing has on me. When I was younger I admittedly took my inclination for writing for granted. I would journal and write poetry so instinctively that it wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I really began to take it seriously.
There are so many things we have to be grateful for on any given day. Yes, heartbreaking things do happen throughout our lives, and past mis-steps can cloud our vision when it comes to our blessings; but acknowledging what we have to be grateful for can be a powerful way to maintain a positive mindset.
Blessings can be people in our lives, promotions, roofs over our heads, food in our stomachs, another day of life, freedom, the excitement of reading a new book, a good cup of coffee, and the list goes on. On any day you can look around and feel no shortage of something to feel grateful for if you want to. Appreciating your blessings is like watering flowers you want to grow.
The law of attraction says that what you focus your mental energy on is what you attract, and I would tend to agree. Focus on your blessings and practice the act of appreciating them. You may find that you are much more in abundance than you originally thought.
At the end of the day it is about perspective and keeping a healthy one. Gratitude is one of those practices that flirts with inner joy, and appreciation can make you stop and think. In a world of soundbites and memes, anything that can do either of those things is worth trying. I say that because for some it may be harder to identify blessings than others. But just because you can’t see them right now, doesn’t mean they’re not there. If you start to look, you’ll find them.
Positive thinking often takes work. Being thankful for your blessings instead of focusing on what you don’t have is a more productive way to maintain balance. Coming from a place of abundance is always a better feeling than coming from a place of need or lack. No matter what the reality of a current situation, there is often another way to look at it.
Appreciate what you have in the now. Living in the present with your blessings in your line of vision sounds like the mental equivalent of kicking it on the beach. Everyone can use a little sunshine, sometimes it’s just a matter of perspective.
You can have a destination in mind, but stopping to be grateful for what you have while you’re en route is never a bad look. It actually might even be the propeller.
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