Monday, November 16, 2015

Fighting the Green-Eyed Monster

I just wanted to leave you with a little bit of Monday Motivation. Partly because I know I need it and I'm sure there's at least one of you out there who need it. 

Anyone else battling with the Green-Eyed Monster in your life lately? He keeps coming and barging in my life and getting in my way and I just can't seem to let him know that he's really not welcome.

In this month that is supposed to be extra focused on gratitude and thanks, I finding myself feeling quite ungrateful. And this has got to stop. 

It's so easy to look around and to wish for what we don't have, and then the comparison truly does rob us of joy.  

We'll never make ourselves happy by focusing on what we are "lacking" or missing out on. 

I was going to make this sign for our Keeping Up Appearances project and didn't end up getting to it. I'm wishing I had and I think this needs to be a project for me ASAP. 

Sign by Aimee Weaver Designs
There isn't a quick fix to banning the Green Eyed Monster from your life. Or at least I haven't found it yet. If anyone knows the secret, let me know! Do they make mouse traps for him? 

I think maybe the best thing is to follow advice Bryant Hinckley gave to his son when he was feeling discouraged: "I have only one suggestion: forget yourself and go to work." I need to get to work and put my energy into the things in my life that matter and that I love. If I can't learn to be grateful for what I have now, how am I supposed to expect to suddenly be grateful later? I need to find and show gratitude for the blessings I already have in my life. 

1 comment:

  1. I got a small notebook from Walmart at the beginning of the year. It is my gratitude journal. It has helped me to shift my perspective on several occasions. When I am feeling particularly grumpy/the green eyed monster is around/etc I'll start writing in it. At first all I can come up with are 2 or 3 things. So I'll start writing the, what u feel are the stupid little things (left overs from last night, sleep, my bed, house, car, clothes) that seems to put me on a roll and I start noticing more and more to be grateful for. Before long I've filled out 2-3 pages, and I am in a much better mood.


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