It only takes a few to change things. Just a few is all you need. A few moments at the start of your day can really make a difference. How do we start our day? What are we thinking about as we begin? Do we dread what is ahead? Are we thinking about the stack of work or the doctor appointments that await us? Are we focused on the chores or the school work that we must deal with? Are we consumed with worry, fret, anxiety and despair?
What if we take the first few moments in gratitude instead of anxiety? What if we look at the joys that are ahead? It may take more effort to see the good. It may take some stretching to find the positive. But it is there, awaiting us. There is always good somewhere in our day. It could completely change our mindset if we began our day focused on the good rather than the tasks or concerns. I am not saying ignore what is coming. I am just looking for a shift. The smallest shift in our mindset can make the greatest difference.
Consider this – how much does it change our day when someone is rude? How do we react when someone treats us unkindly? What do we feel when one person cuts us off in traffic or yells at us for something done wrong? One action…one moment can change everything. It changes how we feel, how we act, and how we respond. So why not allow that to work in the opposite direction? Why not start our day looking for the good and focused on the positive? Why not begin with the joy? It just might make all the difference as we move forward. We just might find we are more loving, kind and peaceful ourselves. And those appointments may go better than expected. That work may not be as bad as it seemed. The day just may turn out great. It is certainly worth a shot.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
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