The biggest problem in my life is my lack of gratitude.
If I can maintain that “attitude of gratitude” no matter how bad my brain is trying to tell me things are, I cannot possibly lose my cool. “Things” will always get better.
You, too, can change your life, your actions and your perceptions by making those knee-jerk reactions take a back seat to the truth as you know it.
Today when you feel that instinct to draw back from someone at work who’s naturally irritating to you, stop your brain. Ask yourself, “What’s REALLY going on here?”
Maybe that person is actually trying to be friendly, and just doesn’t quite have the hang of those social skills.
Maybe that person is attracted to your positive nature and doesn’t really know how to communicate that need to bask in your aura.
Maybe that person is always miserable and wants to spread it around.
In any case, YOUR reaction is something you can consciously control and change.
How should you react? How would you want that person to react if your positions were reversed?
The bottom line is that EVERY person has worth. EVERY person has a purpose. EVERY person has the capacity to create and to share and to grow.
Just because you can’t see it at first, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
We each have a primary responsibility to ourselves, but then we also should be thoughtful and considerate of everyone around us. This is the outward manifestation of our grateful response to the Divine for all the blessings we receive.
Who do you know now that just aggravates you to be around?
Why exactly do you feel that irritation?
Pick one person today who you would normally not be particularly friendly toward, and make an effort to really listen to them. What are they trying to communicate? How can you be more pleasant, more helpful, more kind?
Let the irritation drain from you like sand through your fingers, and when it’s gone, you’ll find yourself holding the treasure that remains.
Have a blessed day today!
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With Grace and Gratitude,