When I open my eyes in the morning there are times when reality is blocked out by the fog of sleep, by the dreams of the night before. Dreams that I slipped into so easily and stayed in for what seemed like days……..Some mornings, maybe you can identify with this, some mornings when I open my eyes I am thinking of nothing. Or if I am thinking of anything it is of the dreams that I often am waking up from…and then I remember!
I wake up happy with not a care in the world…..and then I remember. Reality hits me in the face and I am forced to remember whatever worry might have been on my mind from the day before. Sometimes there is a problem, tragedy, or just a sadness that hits me, something that I was dealing with. Something that my dream life was able to remove from my consciousness, even if only for a moment while I slept. And I will even admit that at times I have woke up truly without a care in the world! Upon waking I have had to search and search wondering if there wasn’t something…anything that I
could should be sad or worried about?!?! Crazy and sad! I think this is the perfect example of why I practice the observance of “gratitude” first thing in the morning! I should not forget to do it everyday!! It is a choice that I make everyday to be happy or to be worried/sad. I may have thought in the past that it was not in my control, but it is! I need to remember that! When I forget to practice this, there are days that are ruined because of the worry that I can find, if I let myself!
Why is this? Why do we do the things we do, when we know it is not good for us?? IDK! You know the human mind is a very interesting thing…it is so complex I would not even attempt, at least not here, to try and understand the why’s!
Life is not easy and we humans have a way of making life OH SO MUCH HARDER THAN IT SHOULD BE!
But I DO know that I have the ability to change this pattern! And I know that by practicing this simple thought, GRATITUDE….my day….my life is better! I need to remember that it is my choice…my choice! to wake up and be grateful or to wake up and dwell on the problems of the world or of my world.
Back in 2008 I started the practice of “gratitude” in the morning. Before I do anything else, before I put my feet on the floor, before I use the restroom, before I brush my teeth or say good morning to anyone!! I first say thank you! I tell God just how grateful I am to be alive and to have the abundance of blessings that I enjoy everyday! And let me say it works! When I stop the practice of Gratitude, I just do not feel all that good! And I lose focus….focus on life, work, relationships….I take my eye off the ball! It is usually only a matter of days before I feel terrible and realize what I have done! I know at some point I will not stray from my life of Gratitude. I have 100% faith that at some time, in the near future, it will be second nature… just as putting my feet on the floor in the morning is. YES that easy! And it will always come from the heart and will never be forced.
I pray for that day……Thank you God!
In the meantime……I will continue reminding myself how much better my life is when I am grateful for everything that I have….even the bad.
I accept that God is in control and I give over my life as well as the life of my children to His will.
I pray to always accept and know it is God’s will….I only ask that my life be lived with God as my light to guide me down the path where I belong. And for that I AM GRATEFUL!
**Peace & LoveFollow @c_fmartin