Living a Thankful life

“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”

Crazy that I read this this morning, RIGHT after my morning devotional that was focused on exactly the same thing.  I find it funny how God gets my attention, totally NOT coincidence.

This, unfortunately, is an area I need to put more focus on.  I don’t like to admit it but I have let little things bother me & I have allowed myself to get upset too easily.  Maybe it’s because we have a lot of transition in our lives now (new career, moving from NY to FL, new fitness goals/life goals etc…).  I really cannot make excuses, I owe it to those around me to be more even keel with my emotions & this is something I definitely recognize needs improvement.  

I’ve heard it said, “the size of a man is determined by the size of the things that get him mad.”  OUCH.   So, to those in my life who have been affected by this, I apologize & am making a concerted effort to be more patient & place more control over my emotions.

The key to overcoming this is to focus on the things we are thankful for.  When we focus on having gratitude, appreciation & thankfulness in ALL situations, the bad situations tend to shrink to their actual size…small & unimportant.  This is my focus, every day, being thankful to God for all the blessings in my life & for all the great experiences & amazing people we are blessed to share life with.
Let’s learn to relax and take every day in stride.  Don’t let things get under your skin.  

Live a thankful life !!!

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