THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
by Joe Bonura , CSP
The Good Things in Life
Let's celebrate Thanksgiving today. Well, not just today, but
every day. You need not wait for the third Thursday in November
to be thankful for the good things in life. Scientifically, it has
been proven that being thankful will change your life for the better.
Stop looking at the negative side of every day. Thoughts are like
magnets in the brain where negative thoughts attract negative outcomes,
while positive thoughts attract positive outcomes. Even if one outcome
is not exactly what you wanted or expected, you at least do not
experience the negative event until it happens.
Do Not Be a Coward
One of my favorite Shakespearean quotes is, "A coward dies
a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death
but once." When you are worried about something, the worry
dominates your mind and casts a shadow on everything in your life.
The word worry comes from an Anglo-Saxon derivative that means to
strangle. Not a good picture. How many times have you spent hours
or days worrying about a negative outcome only to find that it never
materializes? You died a thousand times before the outcome, and
you did not have to agonize over the results.
If you want to sleep better at night, instead of counting sheep,
count your blessings. The fact that you have a bed to sleep in is
a blessing when you think of the many people who sleep on the streets
at night. And if you are reading this, and you are one of those
less fortunate individuals who is experiencing tough times, take
positive action to get out of your present circumstances.
The Best of the Best
We are blessed to live in the greatest country in the history
of civilization. Just visit a third world country today, and I guarantee
that when you come back home, you will kiss the ground of this beloved
country. Familiarity builds familiarity. It is disconcerting to
listen to televised interviews of people on the street in America.
They do not realize what they are saying. They do not understand
that even in the act of criticizing our country, they can be grateful
for that freedom. Many Americans have died to give them that privilege.
In some countries, they would be imprisoned or worse.
New Day - New Attitude
Take the time to write down all the reasons you need to be thankful.
Repeat that exercise every night before you go to bed, and you will
not only sleep better, but you will awake every morning with a new
attitude for the coming day.
© 2015 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.