The Friday Reflex: Gratefulness

On Fridays, I like to post quick-hitting thoughts about the major topic that's been on my mind this past week. I call it The Friday Reflex. This week's topic: gratefulness.

If you woke up today and are breathing air in and out of your lungs and your heart is pumping blood through your veins, you've won.

I did. And for that, I am grateful.

I am grateful that I was able to kiss my wife goodbye as I left the house this morning, to first go to the gym to train my body and then to go to work to provide for my family. I am grateful that I will come home tonight to a warm house, where my kids will hug and kiss me as I walk through the door, and where I'll make a nourishing meal that will strengthen and sustain our bodies.

I've read and heard far too often this week about how much 2016 sucked (just as I heard the same in 2015 and 2014 and 2013...). The turning over of the calendar to a new year too often seems to be met with a "good riddance" rather than gratitude for another day, another year, another chance to spend a day on this earth.

I have been trying every day to wake up and pray about one thing that I am grateful for. I didn't need a New Year's resolution to do it. I didn't need any motivation other than I wanted to center my mind on being positive and happy each and every day rather than worry about those things that I do not have or cannot do.

Be grateful for the things you have and the things you can control. Use that gratefulness to make a positive impact on someone else's life near you. When you feel like you can't have an effect on this world, remember that every day, you encounter people who could use a pick-me-up. Smile. Say "hello." Hold open doors. Buy someone coffee. Tell a friend how much they mean to you. Tip a server a few extra dollars for a job well-done. Send a handwritten letter.

Approach each day with an attitude of gratefulness, and see how it changes you and the world around you.