When dealing with challenging circumstances beyond your control, you can get caught up in negative thinking—but there is one phrase you can say to yourself that can lead to gratitude.
By Carol Rickard
As I write this, I am siting in my house for the 5th day with NO POWER!
Since I am using my LifeTOOLS to help me navigate through this challenge, I felt it was important to highlight what’s been the most
important LifeTOOL for me so far.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this somewhere over the past 3 years of writing for this blog, however, a refresher is always good!
For the record I would like to note that when I say NO POWER this means:
No Heat AND No Water!
Where I live, we have no public utilities—my water comes from a well. The result is there is no running water to drink OR water to flush the toilets with.
Now, the good news is I do have a generator I manually hook up some extensions cords to, which keep the refrigerator going.
The bad news is I have to pour water in the toilets to flush, keep a fire going for heat, and no running water means every drop of water comes from bottles I have refilled many times!
In the past, on two occasions, I have lost power for 2 weeks!
This was when we had the two BIG hurricanes in New Jersey: one year it was Irene and the next year it was Sandy.
So what is this amazing LifeTOOL that’s keeping my stress levels low despite these challenging circumstances?
It is completing the following sentence out loud (not in your head, but you really say it as if you were saying it to someone else!)
It could be worse…
It could be worse… trees could have fallen on the house.
It could be worse.. there could be 12 inches of snow on the ground.
It could be worse… I could have NO generator.
Instead of feeling mad, frustrated, or stressed out--
I feel GRATEFUL!
The power to this LifeTOOL is in the words. They steer us in a different direction—away from the negative and towards the positive.
GRATITUDE is one of the most powerful emotions we can hold! When it is present, there’s no room for any others!!!
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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