This week is proving to be very deeply and personally difficult for me. I am in the middle of helping to make some rather important decisions that will impact other people’s lives. People for whom I am responsible and care deeply for. And because of this, it feels like my fears, insecurities and self doubt are winning the war against my usual optimism and confidence.
I don’t like feeling this way. So when I do it is time for me to press the reset button.
For me, my reset button is gratitude.
I remember talking with a friend once who had just lost her 8 year old child to cancer. She shared with me that although she missed her son every second of every day, that she had such immense gratitude for the strength and knowledge she had garnered from his short life.
I asked her to please elaborate; and I will never forget what she said. “When you choose not to focus on the unimportant and inconsequential aspects of life or how bad you have it, but instead choose EVERY day to be grateful for what you already have right at that moment, you can’t help but change your heart and your mind.”
Just as my friend had discovered for herself, the struggle ends when gratitude begins.
So yes, I will be grateful for the challenges I am facing at this time. Because the most beautiful of souls are not those who have never suffered in their life, but those who did, and grew stronger because of it.
I want to be the kind of person who does indeed seize upon each day with a grateful heart, so I will continue to choose to find strength from and be grateful for all that I have. Challenges notwithstanding, because I know that someday I will look back and be amazed at how far I have come.
Thank you to all my wonderful readers and friends over here at JENerally Informed. I am deeply grateful for all of the good you bring to my life! I would love to hear how you practice gratitude.
P.S. The printable below was a late night creation I made as my mind and heart were too full to fall asleep one night this week. Please feel free to print it up and use it in your own homes. That would make me both happy and grateful!
Stay Happy! Stay Informed!
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