There are always two ways to frame our outlook on life. Two options for how we choose to view and react to our present circumstances. We can dwell on the disappointments, the sadness, the frustrating. Or we can choose to focus on the encouraging, the uplifting, the good in the midst of the bad. Of course, flipping our negative perspective into a positive one doesn’t change the realities of a crummy situation, but it does change how we go through it.
The holidays have a way of bringing out the best and sometimes the worst in us, so over the next few days, I’d like to challenge you to:
- Choose to be grateful for access to good food and the money to buy it as you stand in those long grocery lines.
- Choose to be grateful for safe, reliable transportation as you encounter the bumper-to-bumper traffic that accompanies a busy shopping season.
- Choose to be grateful for warm homes, warm clothes, and warm workplaces in the midst of winter’s coming cold.
- Choose to be grateful for your in-laws. If it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t have your spouse!
This season, challenge yourself not to regard “thanksgiving” as simply an event or a meal (or a whole lot of work!), but as an action that you will commit to doing more of in every season. It won’t erase your challenges, but it will improve your outlook and, most importantly, it will encourage others along the way.