The tendency is to see what is wrong …
to count the problems,
to list the frustrations,
to remember the mistakes.
I often find it easier …
to hold onto my resentments and
to relive the bad news I’ve been told.
I can recall word for word someone’s comment …
that has made me angry or
that has hurt my feelings.
It’s hard to let go and harder yet
to see the good in those around me and
in the circumstances that cause me
challenge and pain.
But this season of the year is a season
to put all that aside,
to renew myself and
to resolve to live differently for a change,
for a change that will do me more good than
I can imagine.
I will count the blessings.
I will list the successes.
I will remember all that has gone right.
And in the process,
I will begin to feel better about
about this life.
As I do,
I will begin to let go of the negativity
begin to grasp onto the positive
that will take its place.
I will no longer …
hold onto anger, and
cling to fear, and
react instinctively with criticism
to the people and situations
In this special season …
this season of thanksgiving,
this coming season of light,
where we celebrate …
… hope, love, joy, peace …
I will nurture these gifts,
these profound offerings of
And when I do,
I will find my life
becoming more than it’s ever been,
more than I can imagine today.
These gifts, when I use them,
will change my life.
They will set me free.
They will offer me the healing
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