Isn’t it amazing to think about the power of the sun? It can totally brighten up a dreary day and a dreary bad mood. I think that the sun just makes things look a lot better. Yes, I know that it is November, it is dreary a lot of the times, and it’s getting colder. But wouldn’t it be nice to see the beauty in everyday instead of always being negative? As we get into the winter season, we tend to get depressed. There is nothing really to do once Christmas is over and a lot of us must hunker down and stay inside. It can get sad and miserable especially if you live up North like I do. Ohio is very gray during the winter months and you must really work hard to stay positive.
I read a little while ago about an exercise that can really help your mind in the winter and something that you may want to do every day. I prefer the old school way…using a notebook. Every morning, write down the date and “5 Things” … during the day, think about 5 things that you are blessed to have, things that let you know that there is a higher power, things that amaze you and anything that makes you stop and take a long look. Now, what do I mean by that. First, this will enable you to really think about the wonders of your day instead of the crap that we all get bogged down with daily. Think of the things in your life that you honestly could not live without and the things that really cause you to think about God, like a rainbow, the miracle of hearing about a sick person who is suddenly feeling better, realizing the love of your life, anything that to you seems like a miracle. Look at the things in your daily life that make you stop, take a breath and really see the beauty.
Once I started to do this, I really began to feel better and that feeling lasted even on the dreary, rainy days. There were days that I could name many “miracles” and even went over just 5. Other days, I had to really struggle to get to 5 and many days I only could list 1. There is no right or wrong to this exercise and everyone’s ideas of miracles are different. But I bet that if you start this, you will feel better, feel a peace in your heart and be a cheerful, positive person, even in the dead of winter.
Be positive and enjoy your weekend!