I can choose which it shall be.

A friend recently asked me a simple question, “What are you thankful for?” I had to stop and think about this question and discovered, with the help of my friend, that my mind has been trying to solve problems that don’t have an easy solution or no solution at all. Life is complex. In our society we are bombarded with negative input on a daily basis. It may come in the form of not meeting a deadline at work and having to deal with an angry boss; a news story about a school shooting; a doctor delivering the news that you or a loved one has cancer; sudden death of a friend or family member; and the list goes on. As I continued to ponder this question I found that I had become enslaved to the negative events in my life. By changing my thought process I can be set free from the negative thoughts that enslave my mind. I also discovered that there is a lot for which I am thankful. I concluded that focusing on the negative has become ingrained and it will take time and effort to change my thought process.

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be.
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
-Groucho Marx

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