How to Turn Negativity Into Gratitude
Do you ever feel your mind drifting toward negativity? Here's how you can turn everyday negativity into an attitude of gratitude!
“I ate so badly today, it was disgusting”
I carry the capacity to acknowledge what my body needs and to ensure that even if on one day I didn’t make the most nutritional food choices, the next day I can recognise this feed my body the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it craves, because I am blessed to be able to select fresh, nutritious foods.
“I am so disappointed in myself that I couldn’t run that full hour today, I had to stop and walk for part- I am so pathetic”
Today, I got out of bed. And for that I am thankful. I walked out of my bedroom. For that I am thankful. I am able to listen to my body and honour exactly what it is telling me it needs. I am blessed to have the ability to walk, and to have the time to myself to be in nature.
“I wish that I looked like… I would be perfect if I was just two sizes smaller… If only I could have her body…”
My body is a product of my life, and my choices. Every scar, every bruise, the wrinkles on my face from every time that I have laughed, the imperfections across my body are all signs of a life well lived. I am not my body; my body is the vehicle by which I can carry myself through the world. It is designed especially for me, and it is perfect.
“My headstand in yoga this morning totally sucked!”
I was able to get up, and heal my body with a yoga practice. I massaged all of my internal organs, lubricated my joints, and centred my mind with my practice. Being there is the gift; anything else is just a bonus. And never forget: I was, even for a brief moment, standing and balancing on my head. Wow.
“My career is not fulfilling… I just feel like I am going nowhere!”
I am not your job. My job pays the bills, and yes it may be, at times, an obstacle. But who I am is dictated more by how I handle the obstacles in my life, than the obstacles themselves. By listening to my heart and knowing when to release myself from my job, and when to acknowledge that it may not be perfect but it is fulfilling its purpose and offering me gifts such as the ability to pay rent, or buy food, I know that I will be ok, and can handle anything that comes my way.
My beautiful friend Kathryn Budig once told me a wonderful quote by Charles R Swindoll, “Life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.” By practicing gratitude and grace on a daily basis, we are able to turn the negative thoughts in our lives into positive action. We have complete control of the outcome of our day. There is no “right side of the bed”, or “bad days” – only what we do with the life that is presented before us. And that, my friends, is something to be grateful for.