This week I was introduced to several people with debilitating illnesses - a woman with brain cancer (and 7 children), a gentleman whose bladder is not functioning, a woman with MRSA throughout her whole body, a woman with a chronic cough of 10 years, several people with MS, and more. I, by the grace of God, have been given the chance to improve my health and hopefully avoid these type of illnesses that may certainly have caused me much pain and hardship. For this I am very grateful.
Recently, one of my son's classmates was killed in a car accident. Her family will have a seat empty at their Thanksgiving table and hearts that are still bleeding. I have three healthy children and two precious grandsons that I adore. For this I am exceedingly grateful.
I challenge you to find a simple journal or notebook and take some time this week to record your blessings. When we start to focus on what is right, positive and life-giving in our lives, the focus of our energy shifts and we become more joyful people. You can even choose to focus your attention on recording the good qualities of someone you have a hard time relating to, and watch to see how your feelings toward them soften.
(Reposted from my first blog "Journey to the Best in Me" on November 24, 2013.)