Being grateful is the most powerful force in the world.
But sometimes giving thanks is difficult when life is tough.
I have a special habit that keeps things in perspective.
Here is some of what’s in the recording.
I believe that deep, sincere gratitude is one of the greatest driving forces in the world. Think about it.
- If you are truly and intensely grateful for your spouse, what are you going to do?
- If your heart is full of thanksgiving for God’s blessings, how will you respond?
- How will you care for your body, if your soul is filled with gratitude for it?
Always focus on gratitude. Develop the life long habit. It will literally alter your life.
So how do we do it? Especially if life is a little, or a lot, tough right now?
Always count your blessings. Robinson Crusoe learned that the only value in ever comparing down is to fill your heart with gratitude. Honestly, as bad as it gets sometimes, there others, probably many, many others who have it much worse off. There is always something to be grateful for.
Maybe you could pick some go-to perspectives. I have done this for years and it has helped me maintain perspective in tough times. It works well to choose examples of situations and people who have really touched you; things that really affected you when you learned about them.
Whenever I feel like complaining about discomfort, I think of others whose living conditions are deplorable. I’ve been in the shacks of some of the poorest people in the world. I’ve never lived like that and I count many blessings. I was really affected, and still am, by the history of slave trade and the suffering they experienced in tiny cells for months at sea. How could I ever complain about being uncomfortable. I don’t even know discomfort. Hunger? Thirst? Many are the stories of good people who have starved for long periods. I often think of pioneers, refugees, or holocaust prisoners.
How about handicaps perspective. Have you thanked God recently for your eyesight, your ability to hear, how about taste? To turn your head? The leprosy affected people in India really helped me feel deep gratitude for my health.
When my children are ill, or perhaps testing my patience, I often remember a very sacred experience I once had at a child’s funeral.
These memories have helped me maintain perspective, and perspective has helped me count my blessings.
Develop an attitude of gratitude. Discipline yourself to focus on the good in your life. All too common is the ugly and destructive habit of focusing on what we lack. Let your heart and mind dwell on all the wonderful things that you have in life.