“Reflect on your present blessings, of which every person has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all people have some.” – Charles Dickens
Charles was a very optimistic person, as we can easily see by his statement here. We each have many blessings in our lives right at this very moment. And if we were to sit down for five minutes and make a list of the people, things, and situations in our lives that are positive, those blessings would far outweigh our past misfortunes, and they also would outweigh the negative things that are currently dragging us down.
Furthermore, if we spend our time thinking of misfortunes already past, then our minds are occupied in the present moment with negative thoughts and ideas. There is obviously no possibly way that this could help us to live positively in the here and now. We always have a choice as to what we focus on in our minds, and if we choose to keep them on negative things from the past, no matter how justified we feel in doing so, we are still keeping our minds focused on the negative.
I have found that the more I stay focused on the blessings in my life, the more blessings come my way. By focusing on the positive, it is as if I am opening a door that lets in more positive; but by focusing on the negative, I let more things that are negative into my life.
Misfortune is a part of life. However, some of us invite misery into our homes, allowing it to keep us company for much longer than is necessary. By continuing to focus on those misfortunes, we carry them as excess baggage in our lives, neglecting the positive that is right there in front of us. Yet if we let go of those misfortunes, leaving them in the past, we can become aware of the positives in our lives and keep our focus on the blessings that we have.
Focus today on the numerous blessings you have right here and now.
Questions to consider:
Why is it so easy for so many people to stay focused on past misfortune? What good does it do them?
How many blessings do you have in your life right now?
How might we go about keeping our minds on our blessings?
For further thought:
“Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” – Leo Buscaglia