"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
If you want to change your life, chances are that you are not entirely happy with the way your life is going now. So let's take a minute to consider what we have to be grateful for.
I can only speak for myself so I'll begin by saying that I have a lot to be thankful for. There are so many good and wonderful things and people in my life. A lot, if not most (all?) of my problems can be traced to what's happening directly between my ears. I'll be addressing that in more depth at another time.
Also, of course, a lot of my problems stem from the ingesting alcohol and how that affects my thinking and emotions. Finally, I am in a set of habitual negative patterns of thinking.
One sure way to break out of habitual patterns of negative thinking is to stop for a minute and take stock of everything we have to be grateful for.
Here's a quick list of what I have to be grateful for today:
Okay. that's a quick list.
Now it's your turn.