Seems so easy to get caught up in complaining about what we don't have, the missed opportunities, or the outcome of our choices. Every single person on the earth has wondered a time or two, "what if?"; why didn't I"; "why them and not me?" I think there certainly are people who have seen more than their fair share of pain and suffering in the world and it truly saddens me. But the stories that move me to the highest levels of compassion are the ones of triumph against all odds. I am amazed at the countless heroes who had the right to shrink in fear. I love reading about the impossible real-life over comers like the Trisha Meili and Ruthie Bolton; I am captivated by the strength of the human spirit.
One thing that most of these stories have in common is gratitude. Rather than accounting for all that has been lost the over comer finds a way to be grateful for what they have. They cannot find the strength needed to heal, rise up, or break free by having a pity party. Instead they instinctively know that gratitude is the first step to tapping into the inner warrior. That part of yourself that knows trouble won't last always but is also grateful for the sunrise they were able to see, the breath of life, and a thinking mind. The warrior that serves others even in the midst of their own pain, adversities, circumstances because there is ALWAYS someone doing worse than you.
Gratitude is the cornerstone of perspective. The perspective that gives us clarity to move forward, forgive, take a chance, fight back, to overcome! When we live a life of gratitude we are putting ourselves in the position to attract the positive. We become creative, we find our strength, we find out just how blessed we are, and we open our hearts to our Heavenly Father. His word speaks over and over about the grace that He has extended to each of us. We have the grace to endure, the grace to conquer, the grace to withstand, but we must be grateful. We see in the word of God that we are to come before Him with thanksgiving and praise and there are no caveats listed, it is not an "if/then" situation. We must come before Him with thanksgiving, gratitude.
Now I don't necessarily have everything that I desire but I am grateful for my health, my marriage, and my children. I am grateful for the ability that I have to earn a good living, the treasured friendships, and the peace I have in my life right now. I am grateful to live in a country that allows me to openly worship the God of my choice and the freedom to pursue my happiness even though I was almost furloughed last week! (smile) I'm grateful! My life is full of possibility and promise and yours is too. Please remember to count your blessings because they always outweigh your troubles.
PS- So grateful for all those reading the blog also!