Our days are filled with good moments and bad moments. It can be hard for each and every one of us at times to have a happy type of feeling that can stably last throughout a full 24 hour period. Some of us are moodier than others. But, despite how moody one person is versus the next, we can all change our mood if we’d like to. We all have the power within us to lift up our own spirits, and we can do so despite what goes on throughout our day. Good things, bad things, wonderful and exciting things, and even turbulence could go on throughout each day. This is why one thing needs to remain stable within us, and that’s the ability to remind ourselves about all of the good things that we have in our life.
It’s important to appreciate everything that you have in life. We need to do this even more so when we’re feeling in a bad mood or when we’re having a bad day. I wanted to share a thought with everyone that came across my mind earlier today. Despite the type of day we’re having, and despite how bad of a mood we may be in at times, we should be thankful.
I’m giving my readers homework. Wait! Don’t go away!
I want you all to create a list. Go get a piece of paper and something to write with. Don’t be shy. This is going to be your private list.
We should go back to this list every single time that we feel down and out, sad, and depressed. There will be times in life when we feel that the world is wearing us down, where we feel alone, and as if there’s no one there beside us to guide us, talk to us, and help us get out of our funk. This is a list that can be so powerful if you truly open up your mind, your heart, and your soul when you write it. In this list, you need to write down all of the things in your life that you’re thankful for.
Write it down, and put it somewhere that you’ll know to look back at it in moments when you feel down or alone. In this list, you should write down every little thing that you value as important in your life. You need to write down everything that you’re thankful for from your eyesight, to your hearing, to all of the gifts that you have in life. I’m going to give you an example of a list. These lists are meant to be private and to be kept for yourself. In case you’re wondering, I’m not going to give you my exact list, but I am going to give you a good example of one. I’m too shy for all that.
Here’s my list:
- I’m thankful that I’m able to see.
- I’m thankful that I’m able to hear music, and sounds.
- I’m thankful that I have children.
- I’m thankful that my children love me, and feel close to me.
- I’m thankful for my health, and my family’s health.
- I’m thankful that I have a car, a place to live, and enough money to eat, and wear clothing.
- I’m thankful that I’m smart.
- I’m thankful that I’m beautiful.
- I’m thankful for my eyes, eyelashes, my teeth, and my smile.
- I’m thankful that I have a puppy that’s sweet.
- I’m thankful that I’ve become cordial with my ex, and there’s a sense of peace between us.
- I’m thankful that I have friends, even though they’re few, I’m thankful that I have them.
- I’m thankful that I feel passion and emotions so intensely.
- I’m thankful for my freedom.
This is just an example of a list that I would create, and you need to make your own list. Yes, there is some truth, if not all truth to what I just wrote, and there’s much more that I’m thankful for. I know, I know, well, I am shy, but it was too hard to make one up fully. In your list, it should be specific to what you’re thankful and appreciative for. It doesn’t matter if your list says that you’re thankful for this or that or whether you’re appreciative of this or that. But, you need to write it down and put it somewhere safe. You see, now that I’ve written it down for you all to see (which I must say, it makes me a little shy), I have this list to go back to whenever I feel down, sad, or feel in a bad mood.
It’s always good to appreciate what you have in life, and not take anything for granted. We all have good moods, bad moods, good days, and bad days. But you need to remember that they’re only moments when you’re feeling up or down, and they can change if you want them to.
As I was driving along the road today, I had a mere moment where I felt down. Don’t judge! We all have them. Anyway, just then, I saw a homeless person on my left, and then one on my right. The one on my left was pushing a shopping cart incredibly slowly, and literally looked in their appearance as if they were merely a shadow, covered with dirt. My heart nearly wept for them, until I saw the next person curled up on my right, looking disheveled in their raggedy clothing. They also resembled a shadow. This person was lying in fetal position on a bench. They seemed almost invisible to the world which is truly sad and unfortunate.
I feel sad to write an article as such. But, I want people to know that in this world, we can choose whether to be happy or sad, and we shouldn’t have to see people and images that are sad and in distress to make us feel better about ourselves. We should be able to carry a stably happy mood for the most part. Feeling down or sad is normal at times. However, if you see yourself carrying your sad feelings around with you everywhere, then you need to look at your list so you can remind yourself that everything is going to be okay, the sun will shine tomorrow (definitely in LA), and you have every reason to be happy and thankful.
When we feel down, it’s important to remember that we have so many gifts and wonderful things in our lives. Even when we might feel that we have nothing at certain moments. At our worst times, we still have a lot. You are never, ever, ever really alone if you believe in G-d, and in yourself. When we wake up each morning, we have a choice to be in a happy mood, to feel good about life, and about ourselves. Try to embrace who you are, what you have, who you’ve become, and where you want to go in this life.
Think of all of the positive things that you have in life, instead of concentrating on all of the negative things or the things that you lack. Remember to be grateful, thankful, and appreciative of every little thing that you might not think to be thankful for on a daily basis. Many people don’t have what you do. It’s important to create a list of your own just like the example above so that you can use it as a little daily reminder or for whenever you need to lift up your own spirits. Hey, life is beautiful, and so are you.