The Power of Gratitude
I keep a gratitude journal and every morning I write down all that I’m grateful for in my life. It’s easy to be grateful for the good stuff – it pops up immediately and it can easily fill a page of my journal.
But what about the challenges? Is there anything to be grateful for? I say there is, and I make a point of including the challenges in my journaling, even when a part of me wants to resist them.
Being grateful for the rough times represents a fundamental shift in perspective, from things happening to me to things happening for me. This perspective is founded on the belief that life is on my side, helping me to grow and become the highest version of myself.
This isn’t wishful thinking. Think back on a challenging situation in the past, one that’s been resolved for some time. Often when you think of these situations you will see that, as awful as they were at the time, something good came out of them in the end. By being grateful for all that happens in your life – the good, the bad and the ugly – you allow yourself to shift from a position of victim (”poor me”) to a person who is aligned with the rhythm of life.
Here are some suggestions on how to shift your perspective to gratitude, even when times are tough.
When you feel overwhelmed – be grateful for the demands placed on your life, for they are building your strength and resilience.
When you encounter obstacles – give thanks for the marker on the road indicating that may be moving in the wrong direction.
When projects fail – be grateful for the opportunity to let go of what’s not working.
When you feel out of your depth – be grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow.
When life leaves you feeling battered and bruised – be grateful for the scars. They are a reminder that you’ve been through hell and come out the other side.