I was taking my daily walk down at the beach and I noticed how different the beach looked this day in comparison to the day before. Today the ocean was rough and the waves were crashing loudly on the sand. The ocean had dumped a large amount of seaweed on the beach, in various pockets along the sand since my walk yesterday.
And I began reflecting about how this can be a metaphor for life!
Some people might see the beach strewn with seaweed as ugly and unsightly. And yet for others, it's a sign of nature at work. Whatever your perspective is, one day at the beach can be so very different to the next. Each hour is different, each minute is different, each second!
The waves never reach the same spot on the sand, the tides are always different, the currents are always different.
You see, there are many factors to consider.
And this is the same in life.
I remember a time when I was working and I thought every single day at the office was the same, doing the same things, day in, day out. The same people you work with, the same jobs to do each day, the same responsibilities. Always the same, same, same!
And now I look back at that time in my life and realise it didn't have to be that way. I didn't have to be stuck in that thought pattern...I had choice! And I now realise I chose to think that way!
I could have changed my thoughts and this would have changed how I felt about my job and in turn, this would have changed my life.
There is so much that is possible when you change your negative thought patterns.
You have heard the phrase, "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life".
This is something I consciously try to master.
When I am not feeling good about something, it generally means I have negative thoughts about the situation. So, the easiest way for me to change this is to find 1 thing that I am grateful for, right in that moment.
For me it is where I live - I am grateful that I live so close to the beach that I can go there for a walk every day and enjoy watching and listening to the ocean waves crashing on the shore. I love the smell of the ocean and feeling the ocean spray on my face.
And the funny thing that happens is that you tend to find another thing and another thing and before long you are feeling so good, you have fogotten about why you started with gratitude and appreciation.
Each morning I also consider these things -
How much value can I provide to those around me today?
Who's life can I impact today with a simple smile?
Who needs some support today and how can I help them?
Why don't you try it?
Change Your Thoughts and see how quickly they can Change Your Life!