Do you wake up every morning and let out a moan? Or do you start each morning in gratitude and seeing positivity around you? There is a big difference to these two scenarios and they can drastically change how the rest of your day plays out.
Let’s take scenario one. Alarm goes off, you hit the snooze button three times, each time feeling more and more disgruntled that you need to crawl out of bed. By the time you do regain full consciousness after your sleep, the lists of things you need to get done, debts and bills start adding up in your mind, that disagreement you had the other day begins to play out before you, and then you realize you have to go to that job you don’t overly like. It has only been 10 minutes since you have risen and you can’t wait for tonight so you can crawl back into bed.
Scenario two. Alarm goes off. You see the sun shining through the curtains and you think to yourself “what a beautiful morning”. Your fur child nuzzles into the side of you showing you love and affection and you think to yourself “how do I get so lucky?” You sit up and you ask yourself “what am I grateful for this morning?” You begin to make your list and realize just how lucky you are to be in this world and for all the opportunities you have received. You step out of bed with a smile on your face and look forward to what the universe has to offer you today.
Which one sounds like you? And can you guess how the rest of these two scenarios play out? Who has an easier time facing obstacles? Who sees new opportunities around every corner? Who says yes and who says no? Who finishes their day feeling happy, satisfied, and excited about the present and future, and who ends the day upset and dwelling on mistakes and missed opportunities? Who is taking steps forward, creating change and who sits and watches the world go by? What were their interactions like with family, friends, co-workers, or clients? And finally, which would you rather be?
It can be so easy to get caught up in the hussle and bussle of the world and to fret about the past and future. The thing is, it doesn’t help you right now. What helps you right now, is living in gratitude of what is around you and the opportunities given to you. What helps you right now, is making choices that best reflect you that will help you grow, not that reflected you four years ago. My challenge for you is to practice living in gratitude and notice how you feel. Notice your overall emotional state, notice how you make choices, notice your interactions, notice how your body and mind feels, notice your motivation and productivity, notice who you choose to surround yourself with, and notice your growth as a person. You just might be pleasantly surprised how life unfolds for you.