Gratitude; thankfulness or appreciation, positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.
My husband and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary on March 29th. Over the past several weeks we have been discussing plans for celebrating this wonderful occasion. We finally decided on dinner at a local restaurant and a night of reminiscing and how grateful we are to have found each other.
Many things have changed since we first got married ten years ago but one thing hasn’t changed: my love and gratitude for finding a man that truly makes me feel special and can make me smile.
We finally started a home business and now work together which I never thought would happen and it been great because we share different perspectives on the same issues regarding the business. We don’t always agree on things but always thank God for bringing us together.
Since this article is about gratitude I thought I take a moment to tell you a story I experienced several weeks ago. It was Tuesday afternoon and I arrived at my office to complete some projects. Later that morning I decided to stop and chat with several of the other tenants in my building to find out how business was going and so on. I asked a couple of tenants how they were doing and one replied “great.” The other said, “better than yesterday,” and I asked what had happened yesterday that caused it to be such a bad day. He replied, “my wife was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer twenty three hours ago and my family is devastated.” As he begin to tell me the story I felt as if I was going to breakdown and start crying but I held back the tears. The look on his face while he continued to describe how the events had unfolded was heart wrenching and I could hardly keep the tears from flowing. All I could say was something cliche I knew things will work out for you and your family.
After I left his office I began to realize that no matter how unstable the economy was or my new business I had no health conditions that would prevent me from earning an income and living live to the fullest.
My family never needed to plan for my funeral or worry about catastrophic expenses from chemotherapy or radiation treatments that might be needed for this type of condition. I began to realize I needed and attitude adjustment and with that adjustment I started to feel grateful for my health, family, friends, new business, my relationship with God and the ability to earn an income. At that moment I knew I had to dedicate my blog to Gratitude.
If you still can’t find the gratitude in everyday life or simple everyday things I have included a short guided meditation recording to help you start to develop such and attitude.
If after listening to this recording you still need a little help please feel free to make an appointment with me and together we will help your achieve an attitude of gratitude.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie ~