This morning, I reluctantly pried myself out of bed, still mourning the loss of that precious hour that was stolen from me yesterday. As I pushed through my morning routine, sluggish and bleary eyed, I searched for something positive to change the direction my attitude was quickly headed.
Just then, I glanced toward my darkened windows and realized that the time change meant I would be driving to work in the darkness. I took solace in the fact that I would have the opportunity to watch the sunrise. This would be the positive thought I would hold on to.
Unfortunately, as the garage door opened, instead of a glimpse of the morning sun on the horizon, all I saw was RAIN….There would be no beautiful sunrise this morning, at least not one that I would have the pleasure of witnessing.
As I began my drive to work in the cold, dark, rain, I began to make a mental tally of all my complaints about this day. As I did, my attitude and my mood rapidly began their descent. When I began to feel as dark and gloomy as my surroundings, I decided I needed to do something to turn things around before the entire day was lost.
I began looking for the good things about the day and I began to tally them instead. Yes, it was difficult for me to wake up and I am tired, but I did wake up and I am healthy. No, I did not see the sunrise, but it did rise and I will see it another day. Yes, it is raining, but we need the moisture and the temperature is well above freezing, so raindrops are falling, not tiny shards of ice. Yes, the roads are wet, but they are not slick and hazardous.
As I began to tally the good things about the day, my mood began to improve. I found that the more I looked for positive things, the easier they were to find. It is difficult for us to see while we are focusing on the negative, but the good things in this world far outnumber the bad.
So, I am grateful for this dreary, gray, rainy day. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for the many blessings that I have, and I am grateful that He helped me to see them more clearly today.