Someone, somewhere along my journey taught me the importance of gratitude.  I wish I could remember exactly who that person was.  When I say gratitude, I don’t mean thanking people.  I think it is important and respectful to say “thank you”, but what I am referring to here is a genuine attitude of thankfulness.

Some of us have had it easier in life than others. I don’t say that to diminish anyone’s struggles.  I would have no problem pointing out people I know that have had less hurdles to jump than I have.  But I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that there are folks that don’t even have the ability to jump those same hurdles (their lives are significantly more difficult than mine). My guess is that most people can identify folks that have had easier and harder lives than their own.

Personally, I cannot stay focused on those obstacles, or the wrongs, or the injustices of this world. If I stay there too long, I fall into a deep dark hole. For personal growth reasons, I have to face these things and work on them, but I cannot allow myself to be consumed by them.

For me the best way to not get stuck in self-pity mode or to remain a perpetual victim is to practice gratitude. When I feel the darkness wrapping her arms around me, I start taking inventory of the good in my life.  And I have found that the more I do this, the easier it is to find things to be grateful for. And the more things I am grateful for, the happier I am.

So, yeah, shit happens, life can be unfair, things don’t always work out the way I plan or as quickly as I want, but man, oh man, I am surrounded by things to be grateful for. And all of it is worth smiling about!

‘Til next time,

~jen

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