Every morning when I wake up I make a choice (sometimes not an easy choice) to face the day with a smile on my face. Sometimes when my feet hit the floor I am in pain and it is hard to say “thank you” and “I love you” but I do it. Lately I have been in a bit more pain than usual, what I have found is as my feet hit the floor and the pain becomes intense the words fall right out of my mouth! They tumble out of me as fast as I wish the ibuprofen was going in at that very moment! haha I stumble into the bathroom and brush my teeth, all the while thinking of all the things I am grateful for:
I am an encourager of people…..thank you
I am inspired and am inspiring to others….thank you
I am a lender not a borrower….thank you
I face my days with gratitude….thank you
Thank YOU for this beautiful day! I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I am grateful!
I love YOU!
I do not know if you will ever believe expressing gratitude (every day) will cause change in your life and the life of those around you……. but here is what I do know:
Pain, anger, fear, unforgiveness, grudges, revenge, these are things which stop us from living a full life. Those things are from moments past…..not now. If we choose to live in the now then can’t we now (one moment at a time) look around and say ” it is good!” Can’t we look around and say ” I am grateful” “I am happy” “I am blessed” “I am loved” ??
Which is better, to sit in our anger, or to forgive and move on in the glory that is freedom! Freedom we give to ourselves because we deserve it! And that is freedom that can only be reached when we live for now and let go of the past.
Most people get hung up on the forgiveness part. Why? Because they feel like forgiving is giving in, or worse, saying to the one who hurt us ” it is OK that you hurt me” this is simply not true! Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself, it is the permission you need to live the life you deserve not hindered by the anger from your past. So, take the time you need and be mad! Then move on! I love you. You are loved!