Managing the Dark with Gratitude

I stumbled down the dark hallway, feeling instead of seeing. Thankfully I was home, so I could manage.

Even in the familiar, we sometimes can’t see what lies ahead. At work, being unsure smothers us with dread, while hope shines a light of certainty that all will turn out well. Reflecting on positive outcomes in our past can guide us through the dark corners of the present. This is why I keep a gratitude journal.

Each page formats the same. Today’s date and day of the week is written on the top right-hand corner. The heading always reads, “Today, I thank God for…”

Throughout the day, I simply bullet or number items I’m thankful for. A recent entry said, “Today, I thank God for a job that keeps a roof over our heads and food on the table.” Another said, “Today, I thank God for air to breathe.” On a different day, “Today, I thank God for computers so tasks go quicker, and employees who know things I don’t.”

Whenever darkness looms, a documented journey of things you survived in the past, helps today seem more manageable. We all need hope. That’s why I keep a gratitude journal.

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Expert, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri.

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Hebrews 11:1

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.


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