This post has been written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “blessing.”
It’s been 6 months now since I began recording blessings.
I decided at the start of this year to finish each day by writing down two or three things I was grateful for. It has been a surprisingly easy habit to establish, and it is simple, but remarkably effective.
As I look back at the list now, it reminds me how much I have to be thankful for: acts of love and friendship, words of encouragement, new experiences, simple pleasures that I might otherwise have taken for granted, and so much more.
I also rediscovered a quote which I copied into my journal at the start of the year. I’m uncertain of the origins, but I’ve found a lot of truth in the words:
“It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.”
It’s not that I see the world through rose-tinted lenses. As I look back over the last six months I am well aware of the evil in the world, I see the challenges faced by my nation and I remember several difficult situations on a personal level.
Counting our blessings does not deny the challenges and suffering, but it refuses to let them have the last word. Sometimes the miracle is not an absence of pain and difficulty, but the fact that blessings are there to be found even in the midst of hard times.
We may not always be able to choose our circumstances, but we can choose our perspective, and I know that my life is richer today for choosing to seek the blessings and respond with gratitude.
What are you thankful for today?