Shifting into Gratitude

I’m thankful for a pair of shoes that feel really good on my feet; I like my shoes. I’m thankful for the birds; I feel like they’re singing just for me when I get up in the morning; saying, ‘Good morning, John. You made it, John.’ ~Johnny Cash

Any thought that starts to take the shape of a complaint, let’s choose to change our perspective and turn it around 180 degrees and find something we can appreciate. I certainly do what I can to follow this adage, and have noticed amazing results.

The other day I finished cleaning the bathroom and it felt great to see it sparkling. When I went back in later, I saw a pile of tiny beard hairs in the sink that my husband left after cleaning his electric razor. I felt a surge of frustration rise. Then I caught myself with the realization of how happy I am to love and live with this man. What if he was gone? How sad I would be, and how I would miss these little signs of him if he were no longer in my life.

In that instant of choosing to shift my perception by remembering my joy of sharing life with him, my anger evaporated. Suddenly it was easy to remember all the ways he helps around the house, and how rare it is to find hairs in the sink. I rinsed the tiny hairs down the drain as I washed my hands and gave a silent thank you to God for this life-mate to share my home with.

We all can shift our perception in an instant. Let us choose to see the good in the situations all around us today. Here’s a list of simple ideas inspired by something found a while back. I like how every aching muscle can offer an opportunity to give thanks because it means we were able to do some work. Or a teenager ‘under foot’ at home means she’s not out on the streets where you don’t know where she or he is. And every chore, every bill, offers us a chance to remember: It means I have a roof over my head.

Today I am thankful for…..

… the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking, and that I have been blessed with transportation. 

… the mess to clean up after a party, because it means I have been surrounded by family and friends.

… the teenager who is not doing chores but is watching TV, because it means he is at home and not on the streets. 

… the person behind me in my place of worship who sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

… the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear. 

… the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

… a yard that needs tending, windows that need cleaning, and things around the house that need fixing, because it means I have a home. 

… my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.

… my household bills because it means I am warm, have lighting, and running water in my home. 

… all the complaining that goes on about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.

… the alarm that goes off in the morning, because it means that I am alive. 

Author: Gina Day

I enjoy gathering uplifting things for sharing, with hopes of brightening the day.

31 thoughts on “Shifting into Gratitude”

  1. You are absolutely correct. Today I am grateful for a quiet Sunday sitting in bed with my husband while he reads the paper and I catch up on my emails. It’s a simple form of bliss but I am so rich and blessed. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Wonderful post! I’m grateful to have lost my good paying job last year because it’s given me the opportunity to reinvent myself in a new career–and has taught me the meaning of living on less.

    1. Thank you for this wonderful comment Jordan! Good for you for finding the reason to be grateful in a challenging situation. How wonderful that you found a lesson amidst it all as well.
      Blessings, Gina

  3. I am in the midst of a 125-Day Gratitude Journey. I typically blog about my journey to THRIVE with fibromyalgia. Thank you so much for your post! It is the SHIFT which changes us. We have to know what it is to shift and how to do it but once we learn those things it is simply a matter of putting them to practice which I acknowledge is not necessarily simple at times. This post is a beautiful example of how to make the transition from grousing to gratitude. I am having a higher-than-normal pain day but it is also because I live a more-active-than-most THRIVING with fibromyaliga life. It’s all good!

    1. Wow, thank you for this wise and wonderful comment. I appreciate how you created the shift from ‘grousing to gratitude’ especially that you unfortunately suffer from a painful affliction. Good for you for shifting to acknowledging that you’ve had a high-activity day! And the use of the word THRIVING is awesome! Some say they are coping, or ‘surviving’ but how wonderful to state that you are Thriving! Thanks again, and I look forward to future sharings. Blessings, Gina

      1. It’s certainly not easy – I love your method of thinking about those annoying hairs as a reminder of who you have in your life. That’s a great perception changer. I keep myself close to (if not always IN) gratitude via a daily mantra which I add to from time to time. I say it and feel it whilst I’m walking the dogs or driving the car. It has certainly helped me reduce the amount of time I spend thinking negatively. Thanks again. 🙂

        1. Hello Stuart, what a wonderful comment. Thank you so much for sharing. Now I want to learn what your mantra is! It would be wonderful if you feel like sharing it. Regardless I look forward to reading through even more of your inspiring posts, as you may have shared it there. Thanks, as always Stuart, for your delightful visits. With gratitude, Gina

          1. Well Gina, it starts like this: ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for my beautiful, wonderful, happy, healthy daughter Hannah. Thank you for my beautiful, wonderful, happy, healthy, loving and supportive fiancé Em. Thank you for all of our friends and families. Thank you for their perfect health and abundant wealth in every are of their lives. Thank you for my own perfect health and abundant wealth in every area of my life.’ It goes on for a couple of minutes more with all sorts of thanks. Everyone’s mantra will be different, although it will contain many of the same elements. I urge anyone to begin creating their own – and repeat it daily adding to it as things come to mind. 🙂

            1. Hi Stuart! What a wonderful mantra you’ve shared here. Thank you for giving such a great example of enthusiastically expressing gratitude in your life. Yes everyone’s will be different but once we get going, it really starts flowing! Repeating it daily is indeed KEY. And as we stay in this mode of gratefulness, joy becomes easier to maintain. Thank you again for this wonderful comment. ~Gina 🙂

    1. That is so true! We have our own power to choose and change the direction of our day, and feeling grateful is a great start. Your kind comment makes me feel very grateful for You! Thank you so much 🙂

  4. I try to do the same thing with the negative aspects of my life that may surface. If I cannot spend the holidays with my family, I at least become thankful that I have a family that still keeps in touch with me even there are oceans that separate us. Or even with day-to-day instances — if a work project is not as well-received as I had hoped, I become thankful that at least I have a job in light of the unemployment statistics of today.

    1. Hello Frances! Finding the ‘silver lining’ by looking for something to be thankful for is every situation is so wise of you. I am sure it brightens your days! Where I live (Alberta, Canada) there is a heavy snowfall making driving dangerous but that makes me thankful for my warm home, and for how pretty it looks on the trees with white everywhere. I give thanks for all the busy birds enjoying my bird feeders, entertaining me (and the cat watching from the window). There is indeed always something to be thankful for. Thanks so much for your comment! Hugs, Gina

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