It’s been said that if something/someone is bothering you, your best bet for a positive outcome is to bless it/them. Easier said than done, right? Seems like it’d be better to have it/them disappear from your presence FOREVER. Well, you can’t wish them away and the other alternative… for every action there is a reaction.
Spiritual leaders tell us to consider it a blessing and that is what it becomes. Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, says, “…blessing your difficulties will show you there’s a better way.”
When you add these former challenges to the blessings that already grace your life, it brings up the question: How often do you count your blessings? I, personally, don’t count them enough; am not nearly grateful enough, often enough every day.
I read an article that suggests making a list of one hundred blessings in our life. Daunting? Sure, but start writing them down — even if you have to come back to the list several times. You’ve undoubtedly heard the advice to jot down 3-5 blessings every day for conscious gratitude. So, perhaps you start with this number, and then just keep going. Or, write down as many as you can think of in one sitting and revisit several every morning or evening, adding more as they occur to you. Or, as they occur in real-time.
Remember that which gets our attention expands — so might as well give a lot of attention to blessings, big and small. We all know this, but we haven’t broken the habit of paying attention to that painful, hurtful, sad (often silly) stuff! Boy, we’re slow!
Here, I’ll go first:
I am grateful for:
1) Waking up to so many possibilities
4) Family without an agenda
5) Friends who are like family
6) The strength offered by family and friends
7) Success and Passion in, and for, my work
8) Continued spiritual growth
10) Ability to gleefully and joyfully share my resources
11) God’s love and protection
… to be continued off-line (You didn’t seriously think I was going to list all 100 here, did you?)
As my niece asks on every email: What are you grateful for today?