I’m thankful for a pair of shoes that feel really good on my feet; I like my shoes. I’m thankful for the birds; I feel like they’re singing just for me when I get up in the morning; saying, ‘Good morning, John. You made it, John.’ ~Johnny Cash
Any thought that starts to take the shape of a complaint, let’s choose to change our perspective and turn it around 180 degrees and find something we can appreciate. I certainly do what I can to follow this adage, and have noticed amazing results.
The other day I finished cleaning the bathroom and it felt great to see it sparkling. When I went back in later, I saw a pile of tiny beard hairs in the sink that my husband left after cleaning his electric razor. I felt a surge of frustration rise. Then I caught myself with the realization of how happy I am to love and live with this man. What if he was gone? How sad I would be, and how I would miss these little signs of him if he were no longer in my life.
In that instant of choosing to shift my perception by remembering my joy of sharing life with him, my anger evaporated. Suddenly it was easy to remember all the ways he helps around the house, and how rare it is to find hairs in the sink. I rinsed the tiny hairs down the drain as I washed my hands and gave a silent thank you to God for this life-mate to share my home with.
We all can shift our perception in an instant. Let us choose to see the good in the situations all around us today. Here’s a list of simple ideas inspired by something found a while back. I like how every aching muscle can offer an opportunity to give thanks because it means we were able to do some work. Or a teenager ‘under foot’ at home means she’s not out on the streets where you don’t know where she or he is. And every chore, every bill, offers us a chance to remember: It means I have a roof over my head.
Today I am thankful for…..
… the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking, and that I have been blessed with transportation.
… the mess to clean up after a party, because it means I have been surrounded by family and friends.
… the teenager who is not doing chores but is watching TV, because it means he is at home and not on the streets.
… the person behind me in my place of worship who sings off key, because it means that I can hear.
… the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.
… the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
… a yard that needs tending, windows that need cleaning, and things around the house that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
… my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.
… my household bills because it means I am warm, have lighting, and running water in my home.
… all the complaining that goes on about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
… the alarm that goes off in the morning, because it means that I am alive.