For me, gratitude goes further than saying “I’m grateful for my house, my family and my dogs.” It’s completely acceptable to say and believe that statement but gratitude can change based on your perspective.
For instance, it’s roughly 108 degrees today where I live. Ouch right? I am not only grateful for functioning air conditioning in my home, car and office but I am grateful I don’t work outside.
If I complain (as most people are doing right now) about how hot it is, am I disregarding the people taking the bus, those who work outdoors, families who don’t have air conditioning or people who drive in this heat all day?
How does that take my gratitude to a different level?
The amount of time we spend on social media can help us reflect on the thoughts we choose to share. Hey, I’m no Saint! I wasn’t born with patience and sometimes that is vented on my personal social media accounts or through texts with close friends. But I have to check myself too.
I work in an environment where people seek aid, answers, advice, an ear and advocacy. As a mental health therapist I work hard at keeping my environment free of toxicity. Of course I can’t control the energy brought into my office by clients, but I CAN control what I give them.
I can control the toxicity I spread to everyone around me.
On this Thankful Thursday I want to focus on toxic thoughts. By minimizing, and eventually eliminating, toxic thoughts and words my gratitude will grow.
And for this I am thankful.
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