Gratitude NOT Gripe


I find it interesting what your perspective can do for you. If you want to see bad things, that is exactly what you will look for and find. But with that being said, if you are looking for the good, there is no doubt that you will find that too.

All too often people find themselves looking at their current situations and only seeing it for what they view as negative, and that’s probably because complaining is easy.

Think about it. It is so easy to sit back and pick things a part. We live in a society that does the same to us.

What does he/she have that I don’t have? What is she/he lacking? Why is (insert activity) so horrible?

Along with picking things apart, we complain without any tangible solutions in mind. Trust me and I am guilty of this too. Have you ever sat back and talked/thought yourself into a negative state of mind?

First you start with one thing in your life that might not be going as planned and before you know it you’re convinced that your whole life is out of control and you can’t do anything right.

I’m sure it has happened to the best of us, but one thing I know that I want to focus on this school year is compartmentalizing my life and counting my blessings.

To compartmentalize is to divide things into sections or categories. By doing this with your life it allows you to achieve more by not letting the emotions of one aspect of your life affect how you perform in other aspects of your life.

For example, if you get a bad grade on a paper in class that should not affect the manner in which you complete your task for a club that you are involved in, or how you treat your friends that day. Everything is separate.

While this is a concept that takes time and practice because we are human and emotions rather than rational govern many of our decisions, one way to help you compartmentalize is to count your blessings.

It’s easy to say what’s not going right, but on any given day you are always blessed no matter what your situation is. There is always something to be thankful for and by thinking of those things in tough moments it might just be enough to shift your thinking. It might help you realize that what your going though doesn’t mean you have a bad life, you’re just having a bad day, or maybe even just a tough moment.

So next time you are tempted to complain and talk yourself into believing you have a bad life, remember to count your blessings. The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.