I am thinking a lot about the power of gratitude today. This might sound strange to some, but I am grateful for all the mistakes I have made in my life. I am grateful for all those people whom I have had conflicts. I am grateful for all of the struggles I have endured. I am even grateful to those whom I have been deeply hurt by. I am grateful for my pain.
Without all of those experiences, I would not have grown so immensely in such a short period of time. I think, somehow in misery and obstacles, I have found that I have grown the most. I say this to you all, so I remember it for myself. It is quite easy to get caught up in the moments that make us frustrated or depressed or anxious and get a case of the “why me” mindset. It’s easier to fall into the trap of pointing the finger at others and placing blame than it is to reflect on how, even in those moments of anguish, we are learning and growing.
Remembering to be grateful is not reserved for only the great things that happen in our lives, it is meant for the challenging ones too. That’s what faith is at the core, beyond religion, beyond dogma, it’s remembering to have gratitude for all our experiences.
No matter what you are going through in your life, positive or negative as it may seem in the moment, if you can remember that you are growing and learning from each and every experience and are able to find the gratitude in that, you will persevere.
Wishing you all gratitude.