I’d like to say that within my twenty-three years of living I’ve learned a great deal about gratitude. I may not know it all, but what I do know is, no matter how wealthy, popular, or attractive you are ... if you have no gratitude, nothing else matters. A simple “thank you” can go a long way and it’s always the little things that count the most. Gratitude is one of the most beautiful characteristics to possess.
This year was full of ups and downs, highs and lows, as well as failures and successes. It seemed like for every moment of peace I endured there was another level of struggle to overcome. If it wasn’t one thing it was another! Instead of becoming overwhelmed and stressed, I looked at the positives in light of the negatives. I choose to be thankful for the ups in spite of the downs, the highs as opposed to the lows, and the successes despite the failures. I chose to be grateful for it all. Focusing on the bad never got anybody anywhere in life.
Life is going to constantly throw things at you but gratitude can help dodge most of the curveballs. So many times we as people, let things we have no control over consume us emotionally, defeat us mentally, and unfortunately somewhere in the midst of it all our gratitude falls out of focus. Life is about choices, decisions and opportunities. Choose to be happy, decide to focus on the good instead of the bad and take the opportunity to be grateful for each and every part of life.
Be grateful for the opportunity to change the things that you can control and the chance to accept the things you cannot. Be grateful for the wisdom you gain from every foolish choice that you make (bet you won’t do that again). Be grateful for the good news in spite of the bad news (some people only get bad). Be grateful for the lessons you receive instead of the consequences you could have endured (it could have been worse). Be grateful for the mistake you made instead of the failure you could have suffered. Be grateful for where you are, despite where you’ve been (you’ve come so far, keep going). Be gentle, be kind … be grateful.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season full of joy, happiness, and gratitude.
Photos By: Dayna (Renee) Soar
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