I found this stellar gratitude prompt on Crystal Wilkerson’s blog the other day and I found it to be incredibly valuable.
As you go throughout your day, find ways to appreciate the “common” things that you normally take for granted or even complain about.
What could you be happy about in any situation if you had to find something?
For example, when you have to take out the trash (again), feel gratitude for the abundance in your life. You wouldn’t have trash to take out if you weren’t abundantly blessed with the things that are in there. Hell, I work a desk job. Trips to the dumpster are much needed exercise. Gimme dat trash!
The next time you have to do ten loads of laundry, you could express gratitude for the following:
+ clothes to wash
+ a washing machine to wash them in
+ the family members you are serving
+ laundry detergent
The next time your boss pisses you off, you could focus on this:
+ the opportunity to practice patience
+ the fact that you have a boss to piss you off (many are struggling to find a job)
+ fantastic motivation to increase your skill set to change jobs/careers
+ a challenge to find what motivates your boss and get your needs met through meeting theirs first
Learn to exercise the mental muscle of defaulting to the benefits in every situation, even when you are frustrated. The more you practice, the more efficient you’ll become in getting there faster.
Train yourself with your simple every day complaints so that when something REALLY horrible happens and you are truly tested you’ll already be emotionally conditioned to look for the positives.
You’ll get back on your feet faster.
You’ll be more emotionally controlled.
You’ll be more resourceful under pressure because you are focused on helpful solutions instead of playing the victim.
Approximately 80% of the worlds population would feel lucky to have the luxuries you have.
Right now someone is praying for all the small things you are taking for granted. [CLICK TO TWEET THAT]
What have you been under appreciating in your life or complaining about that is truly a blessing in disguise?
Think about a few things you regularly complain about and count through all the ways this ‘inconvenience’ is truly an example of kick ass abundance and pure awesomeness in your life.
ADD TO THE CONVERSATION
What do you feel yourself complaining about most and how could you reframe this? Please share in the comments below. Maybe we’re bitching about the same things and we could help each other out 😉
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