When we are feeling sorry for ourselves or unmotivated, a simple shift of focus can change the way we interpret and experience life. We can put problems – both real and perceived – into perspective by reminding ourselves, and being grateful for, all that we already do have and all that we have accomplished along the way.
Your thoughts attract and draw to you events, conditions and circumstances which are in direct correlation to what you are feeling. Expressing thanks directs your attention to the opportunities and gifts that have already been bestowed onto you. It also places you in the fortunate position to continue to receive those things which you value, and for which you are grateful. If you focus on all the good things in your life, you push your mind in a positive direction, your inner voice becomes more optimistic, and your life starts to expand and improve as you begin to attract more of those good things into your life.
It is also important to recognize and express gratitude for the accomplishments you have made so far, and the opportunities that were made available to you to make your achievements possible. Not only does it remind you of what you accomplished and gained, but acknowledging that gifts were directed toward you and graciously accepting them positively influences the influx of similar opportunities. If you were thoughtful enough to give someone a gift and were not thanked, would you think the person was worthy enough to receive another gift? Similarly, why would the universe present you with further benefits if you did not express your thanks for the gifts you have already received.
If you look for it you can find the good in any situation. Sometimes the answer isn’t readily available, but just the knowing that all things happen for the greater good, is enough to keep you from dwelling on the negative.
When I was rehabilitating from lower limb paralysis, I had to transfer myself from my wheelchair into my bed. This was a very time consuming and energy draining event. I was feeling sorry for myself and focusing on the burden of my predicament. My room-mate in the rehabilitation hospital was watching me and said “I wish that I could do that.” She was permanently paralyzed below the belly button and could not transfer herself out of her wheelchair unaided. I was instantly reminded of the gift of independence I was given and acknowledged my gratitude. I have continued to receive gifts of opportunity and I am grateful every day to have recovered from paralysis.
“All the miracles in your life illuminate the knowing that life itself IS the miracle.” – Dr. Julie Doobay
Copyright Dr. Julie Doobay 2021