While it may be a fact of life that we have no power or control over the unexpected interruptions to our life goals and plans; we do however have enormous power and control over the attitude we hold in response to what comes on our life path.
Attitude is everything! And I have come to learn, from my own personal experiences as well as observing the attitudes of people in my professional and personal relationships, that much of the cause for our (meaning most humans ) unhappiness is not so much what happens to us as it is the attitude we have in response to what happens to us.
I have found this to be especially true on social media. It is so heavy latent with negative comments and messages people post. In fact, social media has become so inundated with people complaining and having such negative, critical, judgmental, condemning attitudes that I'm starting to find it worse than watching the nightly news.
Which is why I began my Facebook group page, Inspirational Poetry & Love Notes,
where I post daily positive messages like this. All of the post I share here and on my Facebook group page are intended to be a source of inspirational, uplifting, encouraging messages that infuse people with positive energy and love rather than jump on the negative energy and attitude band wagon.
There's a lot of people out there hurting while silently praying and searching for a way to be relieved of the great deal of pain they are in. I also know first hand that many people have been walking around carrying that hurt and hiding their wounded places within for so long that it's now spilling over into their attitude toward life in general.
Unfortunately their anger and frustration with their own life is being projected in their interactions with others. Especially those closest to them who love them most, like friends and family.
I am not exempt from having such a human experiences from time to time. Yet, when I'm feeling overwhelmed by life's stresses to the point of needing an attitude adjustment, I have found that looking for the good in everything, even the things that don't feel good, helps to ease my emotional pain and lift the fog of frustration.
The most effective method I've used and found to be the quickest way to help me realign my thoughts, shift my perspective and adopt a more positive attitude is by making a gratitude list.
So here's a gratitude challenge for you. Starting today complain about nothing and be grateful for EVERYTHING. No matter what the situation, whatever unexpected twist or turns life throws at you, or how your day unfolds, look for the good in it. If you need help putting this into practice read Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God..."
For the next seven days, every time you find yourself having a negative attitude about anything, complaining or thinking and speaking negative, critical, judgmental, condemning thoughts or comments; stop yourself and go make a gratitude list. Write down at least seven things that you are grateful for in your life.
Here are a few suggestions to help you get started in case you can't think of anything:
Waking up this morning, still breathing, able to walk, talk, sit down and have the sound mind and physical ability to write a gratitude list are seven things to be grateful for right there.
Also, while doing this gratitude challenge for the next seven days, refrain from complaining on social media and in your personal life relationships. Fast from reading, or engaging in any negative news or conversations. Either excuse yourself from the conversation and walk away or change the topic of conversation by sharing something positive.
Another way of expressing gratitude is by letting your spouse, mate, children and true friends know how much you love and appreciate them.
Everyone likes to hear words of affirmation. We all like to know that we are important to those we're closest to and love. Verbally expressing gratitude and appreciation to them for all they do and the role they play in your life will reassure them that you do not take them or the relationship you share for granted.
Bottom line, a poor attitude of criticizing, complaining, and focusing on the negative will only attract to you more things to criticize, complain and be negative about. Yet, keeping a positive attitude by appreciating the blessings you've already been given while looking for the good in everything that is and expecting greater good to come, will attract your miracles and blessings to you much faster.
This occurs because in most cases it's our own negative, critical attitude and energy that's blocking the manifestation of miracles and blessings that we're praying for and waiting to receive.
Remember, to complain may be human...but an attitude of gratitude is divine.
Until next time, I surround you in Love & Light!
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A One Love Production
By Anna Ms. Poet Hendricks
Copyright September 2014