Sometimes it's hard to see the blessings when there are more rainy days than sunny ones. 2020 has been one heck of a year. I was going to count all the ways that 2020 has royally sucked but honestly it would be depressing to even recount them.
That has been the story for a lot of people. Some days it's hard to find a reason to smile. Hard to find a bright spot to focus on because the world is so consumed in darkness, hatred and evil. Sometimes you have to stop looking outward for that bright spot and look inward.
If you look to yourself you can find way more reasons to be grateful or appreciative. One thing that we have learned is that on social media everyone is happy. Their children are perfect, their body is perfect and regardless of if they are single or in a relationship, they are blissfully happy either way. Don't fall into that rabbit hole of filtered realities. Look at your real like even though it's not perfect and find one small thing to be grateful for. When you have an constant attitude of gratitude you give the universe permission to bless you with an abundance because you appreciate less.
Are you able to open both eyes, walk on both legs to go take a hot shower, and get ready for a job you hate? How many positive things did you find in that question before you got to "a job you hate"? Are you able to put on a mask to go get groceries to feed your family? Have you continually tested negative for covid? Do you have a friend or family member who tested positive but had mild or no symptoms and made a full recovery without being hospitalized? Are your children taken care of? Do you have at least one person in your life you can confide in when things get hard? Are you able to get on your hands and knees and pray and just tell God thank you?
I have given you a whole list of things that you can find inside yourself to be grateful for. You can't trick the universe with fake sincerity and appreciation. It's not like that gift you get from the office secret Santa that you hate and will either regift or throw in the back of the closet. You cant fake an attitude of gratitude. If you feel like you're not being blessed with more ask yourself are you sincerely grateful for what you do have. Every step in your journey is a stepping stone and a lesson that you will need for where you are going. So you have to deal with rude customers at your $11 an hour job; but you are learning the patience you will need to deal with employees and customers at the company you will own one day.
It's your responsibility to take those lessons and adapt them to your arsenal so that when you need them in the future you can make them work for you. If you change your mindset to look for the silver lining in the clouds versus complaining about the rain you invite the sunshine. There will always be a balance. There is a time for everything. Plants need both sunshine and rain to grow. It's only human to feel down in the hard times. It's natural to be hurt and disappointed, but if you choose to look at it from a place of "Im strong enough to survive this I just have to keep going"; you discover hacks that make it easier to navigate the hard times. You also find that you get through hard times a lot faster when you don't fight them. Roll with the tide, not against it.
I realize that this sounds easier to do that it is, but nothing is impossible, even the word say "I'm possible".
So again, I will ask you; what are you grateful for today?