Counselors Corner: Gratitude
This month has one of my favorite holidays of the year…..Thanksgiving Day. I love it because it is a day to celebrate all we have to be thankful for in our lives. I also love the food…..turkey, mash potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie ! Mmmmmmm!
I have been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. It is easy to be thankful for the things that come so easily to our minds: family, food, faith, and a home. This month, I promised myself I would focus on the ‘extra’ I have been given. I often find myself complaining internally about what I do not have or desire, but God has gently been reminding me how much I have that I take for granted every day. I’ve been reminded that each day is a gift. There are no guarantees for our time here on Earth.
As a counselor, I encourage my clients to write down what they have in their lives that they often overlook. This exercise can help them to refocus on the good in their lives instead of the bad. I believe it allows them to realize they have more than they were aware of and redirects their attention to the good in their life. It also allows them to have control over their thought process and to not focus on the negative thoughts which can come so easily.
In Psalm 107:1 it says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” This verse has helped me to redirect my thoughts. It reminds me of why I should be thankful. It also reminds me that God provides everything for me. God sees all that I need and provides just the right amount. As I redirect my thoughts and refocus on what God has provided for me, it should be an awakening to see ALL the blessings I have been given and from whom they have been given.