Gratefulness Can Change Our Lives

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You have overcome, survived all the bad days even when you did not think you could, and you will get through the next obstacle. But you must first change the way you think. Stop allowing all the negative thoughts from taking over by approaching the day with gratefulness.

Have you ever started your day focusing on all the things that are going wrong, what you must get done or what you have not achieved? Only to find that as you continue to focus on the “things” that your day keeps getting more out of control. Leaving you feeling empty and overwhelmed.

But instead, stop, take a moment, and focus all everything you have and being grateful for each blessing. Sure, you overslept, and you may be running behind, but God woke you up, you can breathe, you have a roof over your head, food to eat, and the list goes on. The blessings surround us.

So, when we complain and allow our situations to overwhelm us, we stay stuck. We become selfish and focus on what we don’t have comparing ourselves to everyone else that has more. Reaping more negativity because God is not going to give you more than what you can manage.

If you want to flourish, then be grateful. Our blessings abound and multiply when we are thankful because everything, we are given is a gift. He wants to give to all of us, but we must also be responsible and nurture that we have. When we cherish these gifts, we reap more. Living with gratefulness brings positivity even in adversity.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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