Having gratitude is not always something I possessed in the past, but I’ve learned to appreciate and acknowledge it in the last several years. My life has improved a little at a time. Although I am not yet where I want to be, I am still happy and thankful for everything I have. I’ve learned to look at a glass half full as opposed to half empty.
Whenever I am stress out about something, I take a deep breath, step back and assess the situations. For instance, when I am stress out of lack of money, I think of the time I had no money at all, yet I was able to survive. I learn to cut back on spending and live within my means. Another time when my back bothers me for sitting long hours, I get up and exercise. I understand that our body is like a machine which needs sufficient amount of rest and staying active. Regardless whatever the situation I am in, I learn to look at the bright side.
My positive attitude starts early every morning before I get out of my bed. As I lay on my bed, I turn on classical music on my iPhone and set the alarm for ten minutes. Within the short period, I silently count my blessings and say a gratitude prayers: I give thanks for having my family. I give thanks for their health and happiness. I give thanks for the healthy body and mind I have. I give thanks for the meaningful job I do. I give thanks for the abilities and opportunities to write and share my stories around the world. Some days my heart burst out of joy for feeling blessed with everything I have.