I heard the saying, "I am too blessed to be stressed", at a time when I felt very stressed by the events that were happening in my life.
After reading the saying I reflected on the words of wisdom and then realized that this saying was one that I should keep posted on my desk to remind me of all the blessings I have in my life.
Where Is Our Focus
At times we tend to focus on the negative aspects of our lives and we forget the blessings that we all have. When you change your attitude to one of counting your blessings you will find you will experience less stress.
A Technique That Works
One of the techniques to help you appreciate your blessings and to reverse the stress thoughts that come into your mind is to start thinking about stress reducing statements that bring your blessings to the forefront. For example, let us say that you are going for an interview for a new job and start to feel that you are not worthy of the job that you want. Turn that thought around by saying to yourself that you are blessed to have the opportunity to go for an interview in a land that allows freedom of choice to work and live where you want.
Or, let us assume that you are asked to speak at a gathering of your peers at a conference or seminar. You have thoughts of stumbling words, shaking hands, and forgetting vital information even though you have prepared your remarks and rehearsed several times. Turn this situation around by repeating a blessing that you possess and that blessing is that you are recognized as an important person or you would not be asked to speak, or to recognize that you are blessed because you are able to speak whereas many people have no speech capabilities, or say to yourself that you are blessed to enjoy the company of friends and colleagues where thousands of people would give anything to be in your place.
When you practice counting your blessing, you will be amazed how many there are. As you are riding on the bus, or walking through the zoo, or shopping for groceries, there are countless blessings that are in full view for you to recognize and acknowledge.
There are many quotations and sayings that reflect this message:
- "Count your blessings, not your troubles."
- "A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings." Mason Cooley
- "The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it." Seneca
So the next time you are feeling stressed remember these sayings. As Willie Nelson once said:
"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."
Don't let stress ruin your day, focus your thoughts and energy on the good things in your life. Always remember that you have many blessings in your life!
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
"A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world."
"Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."
"If we would take the time to step aside each day and count the blessings that God has bestowed upon us, in His mercy and grace, I think we would be a
much happier people."
Daniella Whyte, 365 Days of Thanking God: Cultivating a Heart of Thanksgiving Everyday