Pause And ReflectAdeshola Ezeokoli
Happy New Month!
It is August, the eight month of the year. It is a good time to pause and reflect and review your goals
However, today, I just want us to pause today to be grateful for the things that we have. If you have a moment today, just stop what you are doing, get a pen and paper, and write down 20 things that you are grateful for…
One Saturday afternoon when I was just 12 years old, I was sitting at a desk trying to study when a feeling of gloom came over me. I was in boarding school, away from home, and every now and then would get struck by feelings of homesickness. I could no longer concentrate and I wanted to cry. Trying to take my mind off how I felt, I turned to the last page of my notebook and started to doodle. Then I decided to thank God for all the good things I had and all the things that came to mind, that I was grateful for. In less than 5 minutes, I was feeling better.
Over the years, I have developed the habit of being thankful and writing down the things that I am grateful for.
Let us also teach our children, this skill of seeing the silver lining behind every cloud; looking for the positive in every situation; and being grateful for what they have.
I personally keep a running list in my phone and I go by each month of the year.
Now, this is not to say that we don’t have challenges, yes we do. An attitude of gratitude for what you have already accomplished, however, gives you the strength to rise to the next challenge, and the next challenge, and the next.
The Yoruba have a saying: “Eni ba mo’ nu ro, yio mo’pe da”. This means: “He who is thoughtful would always be grateful.”
What are you grateful for?