The more I experience life, the more I am reminded of the ways in which I am blessed. One of my favorite mantras, I repeat often, is “what we focus on, expands”. I believe how we think dictates how we feel, and how we feel influences how we choose to behave. When I am choosing to see what is good, I find myself creating more to be grateful for in life.
Being grateful isn’t always easy for me. I am a realist and I like to go to the tough place first. I am someone who is all up or all down, all in or all out. I want to end somewhere, where I can influence, improve and make better—a place where forward motion and change can occur.
While this can be a gift, it can also be an obstacle for me. I sometimes wonder what I’m missing out on when I find myself at the end side of a problem so quickly; are there blessings I’ve failed to recognize along the way?
I find comfort and gratitude in writing. It’s the only thing I’ve found to slow me down. It’s my reflective pause, my space to separate things. Thankfully, writing has been a means of expressing gratitude and focusing on what is good.