I decided to refocus my attention on what was right with my world
"I spent a good 20 minutes just walking around looking,
absorbing what it meant to grateful. I remembered last week
I'd rushed in the same store to pick up some items for dinner.
Today the same store looked totally different. Last week my
attitude was one of a customer in a hurry. I didn't pay
attention to anything that was going on around me. I paid no
attention to the people cleaning and stacking the produce,
the cashier checking out the groceries or the young man at
the end of the check out counter bagging my purchase.
What a shame, what a waste. Today it was different, today
I felt grateful for these people and thought how lucky they
were, they had an opportunity to be of service to their
neighbors. I was grateful for all the farmers the field hands,
people that loaded the trucks, truck drivers who spent their
days delivering all these goods. It dawned on me how
important these people were, all of whom are being of service
to their neighbors. Without them my choices would be
It was during that second week, with that old rock in my pocket,
I decided to refocus my attention on what was right with my
world, my surroundings and circumstances. I realized I had
spent way too much time focusing on what was wrong or not
quite right. I was expending way too much energy trying to
adjust or change what I thought need fixing, when in reality it
really wasn't broken; all I had to do was to say, 'THANK YOU.'
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