Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.
Sometimes it seems like there’s much to NOT be grateful for. Sometimes the only blessing that I can find is that there’s a lesson in there somewhere. Maybe I see what I need to learn and sometimes it’s so hidden that it’s not apparent.
Sometimes my gratitude at the end of the day is simply ‘Thank goodness this day is OVER!’.
I read something one day (now I wish I would have written the source down so I could find it again) about how many people’s lives were saved on 9/11 because of issues that we’d typically call a bad thing. Someone woke up sick, someone ran late and missed the connection, another person had a flat tire, someone was in a minor fender bender … and stories such as this. As they were berating the day, grumbling, complaining and wailing to the heavens … they got the news what had happened. If all had gone well, they would have been at work in the towers already and a flat tire or illness would have been a welcome alternative.
I’m making a more conscious effort in my life to find the blessings in everything. Okay, I admit – the death of a child or a loved one – that one I haven’t reconciled to my gratitude list yet. But the flat tires and minor fender benders, I’m coming to terms with the fact that while they may be an annoyance and an unplanned delay, it may in fact be saving me from something much worse that I have no knowledge of.
I remember one day at work, it was such a horrible day that I couldn’t see one single blessing. It was one of those days where it seems everything that could go wrong did. But as I was walking back into the building after lunch, I thought – hey, I’m walking. I’m mobile. I have the use of all four limbs. I know many people in the world would be ecstatic to have that ability. My list continued. I have my sight (feeble as it may be). I have a car to get to work. I have a job. I have my hearing. I have the mental capability to have this job. I have my family. I have my children and grandchildren. My parents are still alive. I have dogs and cats at home that love me. I have food in the cupboards. I have a bed, a roof over my head, a houseful of books to read.
And my list grew much longer than I’d ever thought.
What about you? What blessings do you have in your life?