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Today's prompt is all about changing your perspective. Taking something that doesn't seem so great, and flipping the way you think about it.
Without a doubt, the single most powerful thing about gratitude is it's ability to change how we feel. Without changing anything about our outside circumstances or environment, just by thinking more intentional thoughts, we can shape how we feel about the world around us. I'm always surprised when I do this exercise how much good I can find in a seemingly negative situation. I miss so much when I dwell on the negative, and find I usually feel better with a more balanced outlook.
There's Margaret Atwood quote that I love, "You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality." and that's the inspiration for today's prompt.
Think of something you complained about today and reframe it in a positive way.
It could be anything from the weather, to a flat tire on the way to work, to an argument with a spouse. Is there a way to look at the situation and find the good in it?
I've been complaining quite a bit about this lingering cold I have.... a sore throat and stuffy nose that's been keeping me awake at night. Dragging myself out of bed this morning was not fun.
But really, I know I'm going to be okay. I'm grateful for my body working 24/7 to kick this bug and keep me healthy... and I'm grateful to my mom for teaching me how to take care of myself and speed up the process. I'm grateful for hot tea and throat drops and packets of emergen-c. I'm grateful that it's happening now, before I go on vacation, and not in the middle of it. It might not feel good, but it could be so much worse... and the more I think about it, the more thankful I am just to live in circumstances that are so good that something as small as a scratchy throat is even worth complaining about!
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