If you are a regular reader of my Gratitude Sunday posts, you might suffer from the illusion that my life is always perfect and happy, because I reflect on only the good things every week. Obviously, it’s not and I’m not – always. Yet, all spiritual teachings stress that practicing gratitude is even more important when things aren’t going exactly as we would wish. Expressing gratitude in tough times is more challenging, but it can also transform a negative outlook or feelings into positive ones. We focus on what we do have, rather than what we don’t.
So this is what I challenged myself to do this week – find a way to be grateful for things which, at first blush, wouldn’t seem all that great.
Quotes on Gratitude
“There’s always two ways to look at something. Many times we think of something as negative — it’s stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate, difficult. But that same thing can be looked at in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those things is a great way to remind yourself that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative.” — Leo Babauta
“A musician practices scales for many lonely hours so that when it comes time to perform, the music will flow naturally from the fingers. Likewise, we can make a practice of our gratitude that will sustain us in both the wonderful and difficult times of our lives.” — Christine Robinson and Alicia Hawkins
“… (D)ifficult times are when it is most important to take stock of what we’re grateful for. There’s something about making a conscious decision to take time in your day to savor the things for which you are thankful that helps you navigate stress.” — Armstrong Williams
Gratitude List for the week ending October 2
- I am grateful when the children talk back to me, because it means they are practicing standing up for themselves and their feelings.
- I am grateful for recurring 9/11 nightmares, because each time I wake up it is with the sweet reminder that I am safe and that I live in a free country.
- I am grateful for the great pain of loss because it means I also experienced great love.
- I am grateful that my son got sick, because it reminds me that most of the time he is healthy.
- I am grateful that my children’s books haven’t been published yet, because it is forcing me to push my creative limits and become a better writer.
- I am grateful for the complexity of the U.S. tax laws for small businesses, because learning about them is keeping my brain sharp.
- I am grateful for arguments, because it gives me a chance to understand the other person better.
- I am grateful for the frequency with which I have to clean the kitchen and load and unload the dishwasher, because it means we have plenty of food to eat.
- I am grateful that I didn’t exercise as much this week because I got lots of rest instead.
- I am grateful for frustration because it motivates me to be more productive.
What are you grateful for this week?Categories: Gratitude Sunday · Tags: Gratitude, Gratitude Sunday, Quotes on Gratitude