Gratitude

Many people focus only on the bad things that happen to them.  When you focus on only the bad you keep yourself from the good.  When things seemed to be going all so wrong in my life, I admit, it was all I could think about.  Why was this happening to me?  I don't deserve this.  What else could go wrong?  How was I ever going to recover from something so devastating?  The reality was I only focused on the bad that had happened to me.  I was preventing myself from remembering the good and bouncing back in order to move forward.  I was forgetting all of the amazing things in my life.  I still had a roof over my head, a family to love me and a partner that would do anything to make me happy.  But I wasn't happy.  I started reading a book by Louise L. Hay and Friends called Gratitude; A Way of Life.  

Gratitude brings more to be grateful about. It increases your abundant life. Lack of gratitude, or complaining, brings little to rejoice about. Complainers always find that they have little good in their life, or they do not enjoy what they do have. The Universe always gives us what we believe we deserve. Many of us have been raised to look at what we do not have and to feel only lack. We come from a belief in scarcity and then wonder why our lives are so empty. If we believe that “I don’t have, and I won’t be happy until I do...,” then we are putting our lives on hold. What the Universe hears is: “I don’t have and I am not happy,” and that is what you get more of.
— Louise L. Hay, Gratitude; A Way of Life

This was an excerpt from the first chapter and it was enough to snap me out of my funk.  Wake up and realize how lucky you are.  In an economy that has had it's lowest rate of unemployment in decades you still have a job.  In an era when families are losing their homes to the recession at a rapid rate and becoming homeless you still have a roof over your head.  We get so caught up in wanting more when we forget what we already have.  It's okay to want more out of life and to strive for bigger and better as long as we don't discard the little things we so easily take for granted.