When all is said and done, at the end of each day you and I can choose to dwell on the negative things we encountered, or we can decide to focus on the positive and how to build a future upon them.
We can have a melt-down about resentments and no doubt our disappointments, or we can celebrate the triumphs that life afforded us and learn from our difficulties.
We can choose to be ungrateful or appreciative of the benefits that we received.
Whatever you choose, it is in your own power to do so. You have the power of choice!
For me personally, I have made a conscious decision to focus on the positive, to celebrate the triumphs no matter how small and most important of all, I have chosen to be grateful in everything.
A good summation of such a choice comes from Zig Zagler’s quote that says,
Of all the attitudes we can acquire, the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.”
Having made those choices [particularly gratitude] my life has changed tremendously. It is a feeling of empowerment, more like a whole new dimension.
Here are seven areas in which I have experienced dramatic changes in my life simply by having an attitude of gratitude, and I believe can effect changes in your life as well.
1. Love people genuinely from the heart
Saying ‘I love you’ is easy but the truth is, if you do not love someone from the heart, they will always get on your nerves. Heart love is when you can love someone even when you don’t understand them and you find them to be unlovable.
Be grateful for them being in your life, they are there for a purpose and to help you to learn more about yourself. Try to understand their mood, what makes them tick and act the way that they do. Here is your opportunity to help them find their true inner beauty.
2. To be less judgmental of others
Being grateful for the people in my life [and even those that are not] has helped me to be less judgmental of them. Not only is it not right to judge others, but you never know what that person might be going through in life.
Psalm 82: 3-4 (NKJV) says, “Defend the poor and the fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and the needy. Deliver the poor and the needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.”
It therefore helps for you to defend them, to put yourself in their place or to meet that individual at the point of their greatest need.
3. Value relationships
All of us I believe have special people in our lives. While that may be so, the question is, how much do you value them? Do you spend quality time together? Do you call them up to find out how they are doing or if there is anything you can do to help?
Be grateful for relationships [on whatever level] and never take a relationship for granted, if not sooner or later it will fall apart.
4. Exercise the grace of humility
By exercising the grace of humility, we would therefore not count ourselves greater than or better than the next person, but to treat everyone with respect. God expects us to be kind even to our enemies and those that are ungrateful – this can only be done when you flow in love and the grace of humility.
5. Value the gift of life
Life is the most precious and valuable gift. It should never be taken for granted and it is something to be always grateful for each day.
6. Take better care of what you already have
It is part of our human nature to constantly look for and desire more than or better than what we have. However, let’s not forget to give thanks to God for what He already blessed us with and to take the uttermost care of them.
7. To be more optimistic
Gratitude helps you to be more optimistic and open to changes. Things will not always go the way you’ve planned but give thanks and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Can you relate to this post? In what other way would you say that gratitude has changed your life? What are you most grateful for today? Don’t leave without sharing your thoughts with us.
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