The energy we begin with sets the tone. This is true for how we start our day, how we begin a conversation, even the way we greet our own reflection in the mirror. When I bring my most enthusiastic energy to my mornings, I can more easily maintain this cheerful momentum than on those days when I forget and find myself dragging along. It’s harder to raise my energy after a slow start than to maintain it after a strong start.
Even when waking in pain, as I did this morning, let’s practice awareness of where our focus goes. As I woke with a backache, I playfully jested with the thought ‘at least I have a back’! Similar to someone who says ‘at least I’m alive’ when asked how they are doing, we can choose to remember that being here is better than the alternative. If we cannot be thankful for more, at least be thankful for being alive. Even this bare minimum is better than focusing on what hurts, what we’re lacking, and what isn’t working in our lives.
As we begin each morning with a focus on what we’re thankful for, we are starting with a fresh slate on which to create whatever we want! Give thanks for life! Give thanks for the good health you DO have. Even while having a backache anyone can choose to notice all the other functions of one’s body that are working wonderfully, and feeling gratitude for pain relief medications and availability of health care specialists such as chiropractors and massage therapists.
The phrase “Thank you God for this day” is a mantra-like prayer I repeat as I fall asleep and when I wake. I encourage you to try it! There are countless reasons to be thankful and to celebrate each new day. Every morning is a clean slate, a blessed gift, a fresh opportunity for finding reasons to be grateful and joyful. The more frequently we can remember this immediately upon awakening, the brighter our days will shine.