Change is hard. Good change, bad change, it makes little difference, it's always a bit of an adjustment. It used to get on my nerves when people around me had a hard time with change. "Why don't they get on board already?" But I understand it better now after living through a traumatic change. It seems to be a natural part of the process of moving forward; you have to grieve the past.
I believe that a key to breakthrough when the pain of change hurts a bit to much, is gratitude. I have learned that I must stop the treadmill in my mind of all I will miss, or what I have lost, and the only dependable cure I have found is to start giving thanks. It messes with the wiring of habitual thought and it actually instills hope!
I have this quote written in my calendar, "Thanksgiving positions you to recognize the abundance that is available to you. It builds faith that can recognize the greater reality." If you re like me, you want to recognize the abundance available you.
Don't you love that? I think all of us want to be in that position. To recognize abundance, to see and hope for a greater reality than what we see, we are called to be people of faith, after all!
If you are going through transition or any kind of change, let me encourage you; gratitude is the key that will let you through the next door. Use that key!
Write down your top 3 things to be thankful for. Every day. Make it a habit that you'll never regret. As I sign off my old Connie Friend Facebook account for the last time, these are things I'm grateful for.
1. Reconnection with old friends has been a joy and delight to my spirit.
2. The instant availability to encouragement, scriptures, and stories from friends lives has given me courage too many times to count.
3. The honor of sharing my life with so many of you on a daily basis is something I am truly grateful for. You have been a blessing to me.
Recognize the abundance available to you right this minute by writing down your gratitude list.