Positive thoughts take a conscious effort

Wow!  Has it really been 3 months since my last blog.  Well, I guess that tells you how busy of a summer I had.  It was jammed packed and very, VERY challenging.  Challenging in the way that I had many difficulties, bad days, health issues, a few circumstances that were out of my control, mishaps….you get my gist?  It just seemed to be something negative every corner I turned.  I’m not telling you this for a pity party or for attention.  No way!  I’m telling you this to share with you that even tho I try my hardest to be positive and grateful, and remind others to do the same, there’s seasons in my life, like yours, that just seem to suck!  Can I get an Amen?!

A few days ago, as my life seemed to be finally getting back to normal (I use that term loosely)  with less drama and bullshit, I got to thinking about my blog.  And was wondering “what the hell was I gonna write about?”  I’ve been so un-positive lately and so many bad things have happened in my life lately that how in the world am I gonna write a blog in line with…Live Grateful. Live Positive.  Then it came to me….I’ll just write about the seasons of our life that really challenge us, that really pushes us to find the positive in each and every day and circumstance.

It was almost impossible for me to find something positive during some of these bad days. I remember one day I was sitting in my car in a parking lot and I just looked up.  I saw the most beautiful cloud framed by the bluest sky I’ve ever seen.  That brought me to tears.  I felt a rush of gratitude in seeing this spectacular site.  It actually snapped me out of the funk I was in and made me realize, that maybe at this particular moment in my life where everything seemed to be falling apart that this was actually where I needed to be, maybe it’s what I needed be experience, and that things may seem to be horrible but they are not all that bad in the big picture of life.  I had to remind myself that God has a plan for me. We all get so wrapped up in our drama and problems which, in turn, makes us feel sorry for ourselves and we forget how blessed we really are.  It takes a conscious effort to stop thinking negative thoughts and look for the positive and feel grateful for something…..anything!  I literally had to work on finding positive things this summer, each and every day.  Did it make me feel better?  Most of the time; however,  it did help me survive some really bad days where I just wanted to crawl in a hole and forget about the world.

I leave you with this…if you are dealing with a shit-storm, I encourage you to make a conscious effort to look for something little to be grateful for.  I hope you find your beautiful cloud in your blue sky!  XO



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