Posted: April 27, 2012
There are times during the average day that I catch myself becoming frustrated and/or angry. Some of those times I am able to remind myself that things are out of my control and that I should not let the situation bother me. Therer are other instances, though, where I really need to focus on the things that I'm grateful for so that I don't wallow in self-pity and continue with negative thoughts.
No matter what we do in life: Where we work, how we live and socialize and what we strive for - there are always thnigs that we should be thankful for. When I get overwhelmed or stressed about a situation at work, at home or while hanging out with friends, I find that it's best to take a step back and remember what good things are happening in my life.
One of my personal traits that I need to work on is communicating. Until it was brought to my attention, I always thought that I communicated just fine. After all, I write an editorial that's read each week by about 15,000 people. I can hold a conversation with just about anyone. In fact, I write and talk for a living. How could I not be a good communicator?
The fact is, though, that I can think about and write down all kinds of important things. But until I take time to express those thoughts to those I care about most and thank others who do good things, I lack essential verbal communication skills. It's something I work on daily.
Gratitude is something that many of us take for granted. When, in actuality, being grateful and verbally telling someone else what you are thankful for, is very therapeutic.
RANDOM THOUGHT: I am also grateful that the Major League Baseball season is under way. Despite the fact that my favorite team, The Chicago Cubs, are likely to remain in the cellar of the National League Central standings this year, I still enjoy professional baseball.
But it became apparent to me this past weekend as I sat and watched The Cubbies play on television for the first time this season, that I must not follow the game as closely as I once did. There were at least four players in the team's starting lineup that I had never heard of before. Then again, maybe that's why The Cubs will continue to be "loveable losers" again this season. Go Brewers!