It's in my twitter bio, pinned on pinterest, and is even my lock screen on my phone. Several people have asked me why this quote is so important to me. It's strangely worded. Obsessive? Doesn't that normally have a negative connotation?
Well yes, obsessive normally indicates a behavior or ideal that isn't exactly positive, but I love how that connotation clashes with the positive understanding of the word grateful. It creates an eloquent statement in my mind. Something quirky, words that shouldn't be next to each other are.
I have an obsession with words. If you don't know me, I am majoring in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Linguistics. I freaking love words. So when I come across beautiful quotes to live by, I can't help but appreciate the loveliness behind the semantics and pragmatics.
Being obsessively grateful might sound strange, but it works. I remind myself to be grateful of anything positive in my life.
I wake up and thank God for another day, I am grateful.
I have amazing friends who listen to me and are willing to work hard at our relationships, I am grateful.
I have a really special relationship with my family. It's close, loving, and something not a lot of college students have, I am grateful.
I look for a positive in every situation and day right now. There are so many things that I could focus on that would bring me down, but why do that when you can work to be positive? Thankfulness and gratitude towards others shows your appreciation for them, plus I'm leading a much happier life despite what I'm going through.
Do I have bad days? Absolutely. There are days that I can't find the gratefulness, that I can't be happy. Days were I cry and scream and curse everything under the sun for what's going on. I curl up in my bed and cry until my eyes are puffed closed, until my tear ducts can't produce anymore liquid, and until the sobs wracking my chest make me feel like I have broken ribs.
Those are the days that I have to pick myself back up. Those are the days that I have to repeat my mantra "be obsessively grateful", and tell myself to find one thing that was positive in my day. Something as small as having brownies for dessert, or thanking God that I will never have the threat of losing my mobility.
Negative things happen to everyone. Everyone has bad days, everyone has difficult burdens, everyone has something to complain about. But as my absolute favorite hollywood starlet, Audrey Hepburn, once said "happy girls are the prettiest girls", and doesn't being obsessively grateful make you happy?