Article 9: In All Things Be Thankful!
Now I didn’t say be Thankful because of all things because sometimes bad things happen to good people. However, we can be thankful while we are going through all things. The difference is that our thankfulness resides in knowing that our abilities, favor and grace will get us through these times.
Your words are powerful and they can prolong or reduce the time you spend in a circumstance. Obviously, it is easier to speak good, encouraging words when prosperity is upon us but even then there is a tendency for many people to shorten the duration of the good times by saying things like; “It’s just a matter of time before this will come to an end.” or “Yeah, the sales are going good, today, but what about tomorrow?”.
Even though it appears to be easier to complain than being positive you must keep in mind that focusing on a negative situation requires much more energy. First you have to create an entire list of negative outcomes. Next, you must develop a seeming less never ending list of less than desirable scenarios. Lastly, it is a prerequisite that you picture yourself going through all of these terrible situations.
There is no benefit in complaining about a situation unless you are trying to gather support for your position or attention to your plight. Complaining is draining. Draining to everyone who gets affected by the words thrown out from a skewed, negative perspective. Remember that if you only identify a problem without offering up a solution than you are demonstrating the true definition of a complainer and no one celebrates the office/home complainer.However, with a positive position you only have to open your mind up to thoughts of joy, peace and victory. Thoughts which the mind welcomes, embraces and produce feelings of happiness. A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. There is always something to be thankful about. It might be your family, health, weather, sunset, upcoming vacation, or car that is running smooth. Change your perspective and quickly you will see that there is something to be thankful about in every situation.
Jeffrey A. Mohr – Founder