Optimism and gratitude are two words we don’t hear often in this time of chaos and uncertainty. Our ‘normal lives’ have been disrupted. We are under a constant barrage of negativity from the media. When faced with the unknown or potential threats, it is natural to experience negative emotions. Even though I have been optimistic my entire life (I have actually been told I am annoyingly optimistic!) I have recently found myself struggling with thoughts of fear, anger, discouragement, frustration and impatience.
The cowboy reminds us that optimism is not just expecting everything to turn out for the best, but to take things as they come with a positive outlook and the confidence that we can handle whatever happens.
Gratitude grows from optimism. When we are grateful it helps us appreciate what we do have, rather than what we don’t have. Everyday cowboys are faced with backbreaking work, many times in unfavorable conditions. Yet at the end of the day they are grateful for the opportunity to do what they love. They are grateful for the land and the animals they work with.
Take time to stop and think about what you are grateful for. Pay attention to nature and the simple things that surround us. My son asked his kids what they were grateful for, and my young grandson said he was grateful for Grandmas cookies! We can all find something to be grateful for. Taking the time to appreciate what you have is the key to cultivating gratitude.
Every morning I start my day with gratitude. Today my deepest heartfelt gratitude is for the brave men and women who fought and died for our country and our freedom.
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