Living thankfully causes Monday to be a great day…full of anticipation, full of opportunity, full of new experiences and new growth. Living thankfully transforms my vision. Living thankfully gives me hope and peace.
I used to join with others in acknowledging the Monday blahs until life knocked me down so many times it was hard to get up with my old way of thinking. I reached the point where getting back up was just a reflex because the alternative was a little too tough to deal with at the time. Then, I started changing my thinking strategy. I made the effort to be thankful in all circumstances and it has changed my outlook.
So I never get down or frustrated anymore? No. Of course not. Life can be too challenging to always stay up, always positive, always thankful. I take some potshots now and then that lead me back to my old ways. I am not perfect. I am not fixed. I am still the broken, beaten guy I have always been only I choose, I said I CHOOSE, to make the effort to be thankful. For some people it is more natural. For me, it is a choice and one that I have found to be exceptionally rewarding.
This morning, my VSW said she hoped to see how God used her today. I told her he just did…he used her to remind me to be thankful and be looking for how I would be used today. What a blessing that woman is in my life. A gift. He used her early and I know he will use her again today, over and over. I do hope she sees it all.
In the meantime, I will take a day and a situation that could overwhelm me and choose to be thankful for so much that I do have. I will look for opportunity. I will look for the door to open. I will hope for what is to come and for what might me in the next moment.
Grace and peace.