Sometimes life can seem so awful. You’re unhappy at work, you haven’t met Mr. or Ms. Right, your finances aren’t quite where you want them to be, you want to lose weight, you’re getting older, or you can’t quite figure out what your purpose is in life. Sometimes there can be a lot to complain about.
I, too have moments when I complain about my life. I had one of these moments a couple of weeks ago. While I was sitting on my computer with my nose curled up, eyes narrowed, and annoyed look on my face thinking about the things that I wanted to change, I came across a quote…
“What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things that you thanked God for today?”
When I saw this quote I immediately stopped in my tracks and began to think about all of the things in which I should be grateful. The list was very long. I realized that my blessings far exceeded my complaints, and that taking the time to focus on being thankful had an incredible, positive impact on my mood. I also found that writing down a list of the negative things and then, for each one, writing something positive that has already or could come out of it, was another way to shift my focus toward being grateful.
Although it’s human nature to focus on all of the things that you want to change, if you focus your time on everything that you dislike, you could be complaining all day, everyday. Instead, focus on the things that make your life awesome and practice having an attitude of gratitude.
“The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.”
The next time you find yourself complaining, try to look on the bright side of things – having student loan debt means that you have an education and opportunities; the fact that you even have a job to complain about is a blessing; the fact that you have weight to lose means that you are not without food to eat; getting one year older means that you were given another year of life on this earth; being single means that you have time to rediscover yourself and prepare for being an amazing partner for your future significant other; not knowing what your purpose is means that you still get to look forward to that moment when, tadaaa…you figure it all out. Should you stay complacent your entire life with a silly grin on your face? Of course not – but you might as well be as optimistic as you can while you’re taking steps to improve your situation. Negative thoughts never lead to successful outcomes. What are you grateful for?