Years ago Oprah invited me – well, all of us – to make a list of three things that we are grateful for. I did it. I had done it before but not on a consistent basis and almost never when I most needed to do it – when it was the most difficult to do. Now I rarely miss a day. When I am quiet for my bedtime meditation, I go over the positive things that happened that day.
It has become a habit. Some days it takes the same effort as praying and thanking God for my situation – no matter what my circumstances. Even when I’m angry, even when I’m crying, even when I’m feeling there is nothing to be thankful for. But I always find something. It’s an exercise in discipline but it does change my attitude.
And it has changed my life.