I did end up going for a run last night, and I’m so glad I did. I obviously had a lot on my mind, because as soon as I got out the door I started thinking about my life, my problems and my attitudes. I’ve always had a nasty habit of being a glass-half-empty kind of person, and I’m constantly putting myself down and thinking negative thoughts.
Why? All it does is make me miserable. I have so many things to be thankful for, and yet I waste so much time wishing I was a few pounds lighter or a few pounds richer.
So for every negative thought that crossed my mind, I thought of a positive alternative. Read the bits below in bold, and you’ll probably get the impression that my life pretty much sucks. Read the rest, and I’ll probably come across as being incredibly lucky and fortunate. It just goes to show how powerful positive thinking is.
- I don’t have the best body in the world, but nor am I overweight. In fact I’m not even close to being overweight. I really need to remind myself of that more often.
- I don’t have my own flat, but I’m lucky enough to still be able to live at home with my parents while I’m saving up.
- I haven’t got the best or the most well-paid job in the world, but I have a job, and in the current climate that’s something I should be grateful for. I have a fair and understanding boss, colleagues I get on with and I rarely have days where I dread going into the office.
- I can’t run for miles and miles, in fact some days I struggle to even run one. But at least I can run. I’m young and healthy, whereas so many people in the world are suffering from illnesses.
- I’m not the best writer in the world, but I try my best. And I’m fortunate to have a job that allows me to write and get paid for it.
- I’m not out there chasing all my dreams, but at least I have dreams.
- I don’t have a boyfriend and I’m not the most popular person in the world, but I have good friends and a family who love me.
- I’m not travelling around the world, but I’m off to Thailand in a week. The rest of the world will still be there if, and when, I decide to take the plunge.
- I’m not rich, but nor am I poor. I have enough money not to have to worry about every single penny all the time, and for that I’m so thankful. So many people are living in poverty and don’t even have enough money to eat.
- I’m not perfect, but I’m a nice person. I’m loyal, hardworking, trustworthy and I care about others.
- I’m not completely happy or content, but I’m working on it. And that’s enough for now.
Last night’s run wasn’t particularly fast or long. In fact, I probably didn’t even cover three miles. And I ended up walking bits of it. But I did the whole thing with a smile on my face. And that the end of the day, isn’t that what’s important?
Are you generally quite a positive or a negative person? What are you thankful for?