“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep and I fall asleep counting my blessings when my bankroll is getting small I think of when I had none at all and I fall asleep counting my blessings.”
Those lyrics above have so much truth to them, but sometimes they’re just so hard to follow. Does anyone else find themselves focusing on their worries and stress before everything else or is it just me? So often I’m guilty of thinking of the negatives of a situation because to be honest it just seems like the easiest thing to turn to. It makes me feel horrible though. It adds more stress and I end up seeing the world in a negative light. I feel that sometimes at this time of year we’re even more likely to view things in a more negative light because we have the holiday stress on top of the normal stress. What if we focused on our blessings though? I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s possible.
What if we just took a few of our negatives, and thought of the blessings that were attached to them? You may be thinking that I’m crazy because how in the world can you find a blessing in a negative outcome? Just hear me out though! How often do we complain about school, work, or both? I think it’s something we’re all guilty of! Well what if we took those negative thoughts, and made them positive? For example, instead of complaining we talk about how grateful we are to go to school or to have a job. What about when we have a car or house problem? Maybe instead of being upset we think about how thankful and blessed we are to have a car and a house. On a Christmas note, what about the stress of having to get presents for everyone on your list or the stress of all the Christmas parties/activities you’re expected to go to? What if instead you think about how amazing those people in your life are, and about how you’re so thankful they’re there. Whatever situation it is try to look for the good! I know sometimes it’s really difficult! Some situations don’t seem to have any positives. I think if we really stepped back and looked though we can almost always find some blessing.
I’m writing this post for myself as much as I’m writing it to anyone who chooses to read it. I get so guilty of not stepping back, taking a breath, and counting my blessings. I know I said it’s so easy to focus on the negative first, but what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if we started to think of the blessings so much that instead the positive is what starts to come to mind first? Obviously thinking positive about something isn’t going to make the situation all better, but to be honest thinking about it negatively doesn’t help the situation either. In fact all it does is hurt us, and sometime the people in our lives as well.
Sometimes there are situations that don’t really seem to have a blessing attached to it. Normally they’re situations that don’t seem to have any good until after it’s passed, and you can look back at it. In my experience I’ve found that in those situations sometimes it’s good to start listing other blessings in your life. For example if I’m struggling to find a blessing in a situation I’ll start naming other blessings in my life like my family/friends, pets, food, my house, candles, etc. It can be a big or small blessing, but just try to find a positive.
Can you imagine what would happen if we all started counting our blessings instead of counting our problems? As we celebrate this Christmas season, and as we get ready for a new year I encourage you to keep this in mind. I plan to do my best to keep it in my own mind as well. I’m even thinking about making notes to put around so that I see them. I know there will most likely be times that I slip, but if I just replace a few of my complaints with positives I think it could really make life better. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a rant every now and then, but don’t let it take over. In my experience it seems that there’s a new blessing and lesson everyday, but we have to be looking to fully notice and appreciate it. So when you go to sleep tonight count your blessings instead of sheep. When your alarm goes off too early in the morning count your blessings instead of the minutes it takes you to get to work or school. Hope everyone has a great and blessed Christmastime with their friends and family! Since this post was inspired by my favorite song from White Christmas check out the video below to give the song a listen. Merry Christmas!