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This custom is always good to incorporate into life no matter who you are or what you do. It takes focus off what is wrong and directs your thoughts to what is right. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
This is not always an easy practice. There are times when it seems nothing is going as planned and no matter what, it turns out wrong. Even then, it’s good to just try this out.
You can do a reflective inventory where you evaluate yourself or make it more of a family-oriented activity that brings others in. It isn’t meant to be an exercise in materialism, we all appreciate what we work for. You can always use that, if it’s that important. However, it is most effective when you concentrate on yourself as a person and those persons in your life. For the example, I’m just using a reflective account of personal feelings.
- I’m blessed because (affirmation):
I have hope. I am where I am and with those around me. A hug is always near. I have aptitude. I know purpose and the power of simple ‘will.’ I have peace and contentment. I can forgive almost anything as long as I understand why it happened. I know the power of simple pleasures and the beauty of spirituality.
- I feel blessed because (appreciation):
I know love. I know respect and admiration. I am not afraid to be taught. I am secure enough not to be shattered by criticism or instruction. I don’t have to pretend to be someone else. I know freedom and choices.
- I want to bless others by (introspective):
Being loyal and trustworthy. By honesty and integrity. By being someone others can depend on. Someone who isn’t afraid to stand up for what they feel. Someone who can instruct and, at the same time, be sympathetic and understanding. Someone who has time for a friend or compassion for an enemy.