If you are like 99% of the people in the world then you know at least one person who complains about 80% of the things that happens in their lives. These complaints usually revolve around either not having enough, having too much or this person did that to me. The problem with this mindset is that it is extremely weak. It’ll leave you going around and around and around in the same circles for years and years and years. This is what I like to call “wasted time and energy.” This year I am learning to adopt the attitude to just be grateful for the experience
Listen. I am totally aware of all the chaos and injustices going on around the world. The question I have is, when was there not a time where the world was chaotic? The only difference now is every media outlet puts these things at the top of it’s news list. Regardless of all the injustices and tragedies, there are still people who face these same tragic situations and rise way above them.
Your Own Mess
You would think that with all of the tragedies going on in the world it would rapidly bring people together. The truth is, everyone still has their own issues. In traffic, people are still impatient. People are still dishonest in relationships. Everyone has prejudices and insecurities which create useless arguments. And hardly anyone wants to admit when their wrong. It’s like social media created monster egos. Everyone seems to have something to prove rather than just living. Maybe that’s the issue. You keep trying to prove yourself instead of just being yourself.
Best Year of My Life[so far]
At the beginning of this year I adopted the mindset of gratitude. Every morning I wake up and before I do anything, I count my blessings. Whether you know it or not, just being alive is a blessing. Don’t think so? Think of all the people who aren’t here to read this article.
I have had so many things negative things happen to me this year. If I mention them all, you might say that I had a bad year. Of course I felt the stress and frustrations. The one thing I never let go of was all of the good in my life.
I’ve had thousands of dollars taken from me. The funny thing is, I have traveled to more cities this year than I have in my entire life. I’ve had many people who I thought were for me come against me. The funny things is, I have met and built relationships with some new people who have helped to push my spirit and my career to new heights. I’ve even been rejected by so many women I wanted to date. The funny thing is, I met a beautiful young woman who I connected with mentally and spiritually.
Do you understand what I am saying? I changed one simple habit in my daily routine and everything around me began to transform. Some may call it God. Others may call it the Law of Attraction. All I can say is that I am grateful for the good things and the bad things that have happened to me this year.
What Did Lauren Hill Say?
One of my favorite songs is “Doo Wop [That Thing]” by hip hop artist, Lauren Hill. One of the most famous lines in the song goes “How you gone win when you ain’t right within?” I don’t know about you but this line makes me think about what I’m allowing to go on inside of my head.
Lately I’ve been studying vibration and energy. I think this path of gratitude has lead me to search for inner peace. As I mentioned before, there is chaos always and there is nothing you can do about it. What you do have control over is the chaos that goes on inside of you. Feeling anxious? There’s a solution for that. Feeling afraid? There’s a solution for that. Feeling sad? There’s a solution for that. Feeling poor? There’s a solution for that. Feeling hopeless? Well, I’m sure you get my point.
We all have our own story and why we do what we do. My question is, are you focusing on the chaos around you or the strength inside of you?
Here’s a tip that has been helping me on my journey this year. Be grateful for the small things. Waking up in the morning is a blessing. Having an income is a blessing. Thinking of a good idea is a blessing. Being in a loving family is a blessing. Having all of your senses is a blessing. You get my point?
Even if your significant other broke your trust, be grateful. Be grateful for the experience of knowing what it’s like to be in a bad relationship. That way you know what it’s like to be in a good relationship. Even if your father is on his death bed, be grateful. Be grateful for the memories and the lessons that he has taught you to help make it through this life. Even if you’ve been falsely accused, be grateful. Be grateful for the pain it caused to help you become a fearless being.
The truth is you cannot have the bad without the good. How will you know what a good day is like if you never have a bad day? Count it all joy. No matter what bad things happen in your life, it always produces something good. No matter what happens, try to think the best thoughts you can think.