When brainstorming ideas and concepts I always find myself returning to the topic of Anxiety at some point or another. I don’t necessarily consider myself to be an anxious person, but I definitely tend to over-think and over-analyze things, which usually results in some form of anxious thinking on my part. OK, so I may be an anxious person, but I digress.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s extremely easy to be overtaken and overwhelmed by each new day’s tasks and trials. Some of us face much more serious, life-threatening and trying circumstances than others, but everyone definitely has their own daily crosses to bear.
But with a simple shift in our conscious thinking from worry to thankfulness, we can begin to shift towards a more peaceful and appreciative state of being. It’s fairly easy to get lost focusing on the people and things that aren’t in our life rather than the abundance of things and people who actually are present.
Before I even opened my eyes this morning, one of the first thoughts I had was how comfortable and warm my bed was and how I wasn’t looking forward to leaving it to prepare for the day and work. But by recognizing that this was not the mindset that I wanted to begin my day with, I made the conscious choice to shift my thoughts to a state of thankfulness.
I instantly thought how thankful and grateful I should be that I was even laying in a comfortable and warm bed, and then I expanded on that thought by thinking how thankful I was to have four walls and a roof to contain that comfortable bed that provided me with a good night’s rest. As for that pesky and sometimes stressful job? I was thankful that I have that ability to pay for those four walls and roof that houses my warm and comfortable bed. And finally, I thought how thankful I was to even be given the gift of life today.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24
It is not a new, foreign or strictly Christian concept that by changing your thoughts you can change your outlook, instead it is a concept that is so simple that it can sometimes be forgotten or unappreciated. By recognizing and giving thanks to God for the blessings he has given each and everyone us, we can continue to live and fulfill the lives that He intends for us to live.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – Thessalonians 5:18
So I encourage not only myself, but everyone to transform their negative, anxious and worrisome thoughts into thoughts of thankfulness. Change your mind, change your world.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2