I get a pen and paper, cup of tea (of course) and I start listing the things I am grateful for. It depends on how long I have let the emotional seesaw go, on how long the list takes. Sometimes its all I can do to find 3 or 4, but soon your mind bends round to thankfulness and the list grows. Slowly at first...
I find the next morning, tea in hand, I already have a few things to add to the list before I sit down, and the next morning, more.... And so my mind starts to operate more in gratitude than in negativity.
Now it may seem like a very simple and wasteful activity. But I have truly found that I start to react more positively in the day. People don't wind me up as much, my patience peeps out from under all that reactive behaviour and I look for opportunities to encourage others. Flowers look brighter, sky-art catches my eye, and I start to look outward instead of inward.
Psalm 118v24: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 136v1: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His steadfast love lasts forever.
What a great tool the Lord has given us to keep our minds and our hearts from being fractured by all that life can throw at us.
My encouragement to you today is no matter how you feel when you wake up, try to find something to be grateful for, then find another, and soon you start to see things more positively and you are able to encourage someone else who isn't able to yet.
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