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June 20

   Bills to pay, housework undone, meals to make, things to fix, a lawn to be mowed, job pressures, etc.
   If I'm in a good mood when I read the first line, I probably won't give them much more thought, except to do those things I decide to. If I'm in a down mood though, those reminders can easily drag me further down, leaving me feeling as if I'm in a pit that seems to be sinking lower and lower.
   My mood and perspective have a lot to do with how I handle challenges facing me each day, including difficulties in our relationship. I'd love a switch that could instantly change my emotions into pleasant ones whenever I wanted.
   Although I can't change my feelings that quickly, there are things I can do to bring me more peace inside. One of those is to simply take some time and think about all the blessings I do have. I'm alive; I have my health and food to eat; I haven't murdered anyone; I have the ability to think, and feel. If I made a list of all the things that I do have that many other people don't, I would likely be surprised at how much I have to be grateful for, and how much better I feel after.

Just for Today
   Whenever I find myself focussing on what I don't have, I know that continuing to do so will simply prolong my misery.
   Today I'll take time to think about the blessings I do have, no matter how small. This can make a positive difference in my life and our relationship right now.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. - Eric Hoffer

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