Attitude of Gratitude
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty with plenty or little”
More and more each day, I am seeing just how much I took for granted. I am not talking about the big things in life but rather the little things that go unnoticed.
When last did you have an attitude of thankfulness for the hot shower you take daily?
How about the soothing feeling of the hot water massaging your body and leaving you with that clean, refreshing, tingling just showered feeling that you love.
How about that quiet solitude when you wake up in the morning and go use the bathroom without the pressure of a line of people, anxiously waiting, so they too can use the bathroom.
I vividly remember waking up to that early morning serenity. Birds chirping and the sound of nature waking you up with a beautiful symphony of sounds.
All these and many more small things went completely unappreciated. Always busy reading emails, checking the market indicators obsessively; reading the news, texting and everything else we do on our smartphones daily.
Activity obsessed. Every minute needed to be filled with activity or immediately you start feeling that you are slacking or not being productive.
Its been two months now, enough time to become acclimated to my living environment as well as to become aware of just how much the little things in life matter.
Sleeping on a metal bed, the width of your body, with a yoga mat as your mattress, is a far cry from your California king bed at home. Sleeping fully clothed with your beanie and jacket on because it is so cold in your housing unit, is worlds apart from your centrally heated home in Orange County.
Showering is a daily adventure. You just never know what you are going to get, scolding hot or artic cold.
The last two months have humbled me. There have been many great life lessons that are still just beginning to play out in my life. The one that has had a powerful impact on my attitude and the way I am dealing with this situation is GRATITUDE!
I wake up early in the morning and I make a conscious decision to be thankful, firstly for the fact that I woke up because everyday is a gift and then I carry that attitude of thankfulness throughout the rest of my day.
I am training myself to be thankful on the days were everything is good as well as the days when things are challenging and life just becomes overwhelming.
Being thankful for the little things in life regardless of your current situation is what cultivates joy and peace in your life.
Focusing on what you have rather than what you don’t have, will harvest a life filled with love, peace, joy, patience, kindness and self-control.
Make a deliberate conscious decision daily to live with an attitude of thankfulness and watch how it transforms your life regardless of your current challenges.