Positive Daily Three – Gratitude

The best way to summarize why I continue to write out at least 3 positive or good things that happen to me in a day is with the following quote, which I first heard at my RTA class.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie

I absolutely love this quote.  Learning to appreciate what we have and understand the value of what we have is the key to unlocking the treasure chest that is inside of us.  This sounds very difficult, but it is easier than we think if we don’t fight it.  At first, I have to admit, it was very difficult sometimes to sit and reflect on my day and find three things that I was grateful for.  Some days I would really have to think about it and other days, it was easy for me to spot the good.  As time went by and I continued to document at least 3 things I was grateful for every day, it became easier for me.  Suddenly, I found myself wanting to find positive things and surround myself with genuinely positive people.  This doesn’t mean that I am always in a good mood or that I always see the good first, because I am still a work in progress, but I do make it a point now to find the good and stay in a positive mindset if I feel myself starting to stumble.  Gratitude has changed my entire perspective.

I had to take my son to the dentist today to get crowns put on his back molars because the enamel didn’t develop properly.  He did an awesome job.  It has been a little rough for him because he has ben restricted to soft foods and liquids, but I helped him snap into a good mood by making him a peanut butter and banana smoothie.  Being able to spend the day with my youngest and him together, mostly without fighting was wonderful.  We read, we hung out outside, and we even made it to karate.

I talked to my Grandmother today, which was great.  I haven’t made the time to call her in a while, so it was wonderful to catch up and hear her voice again.

I also managed to solidify plans with friends today for the weekend, so I was very happy that things are coming together.  I am excited because I believe the kids are going to have a wonderful time, and I will get to relax a little as well.