“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” -Brother David Steindl-Rast
Lately I have been feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the wonderful things in my life. Being able to start this journey of pursuing a career that I love, while my supportive husband, family and friends stand beside me.
But most importantly, I can’t help but notice that this graciousness is not just for the wonderful things. It is more whole than that. It does not pick and choose. I have learned up to this point, and continue to practice to appreciate all that life has to offer. “The good, the bad and the ugly,” as they say. Often times parts of our life seem to be screaming at us. What if we took the time to listen and honor that screaming? Rather than ignore it, try to fix it, medicate it. Maybe if we acknowledged it, were grateful for its presence to learn and grow from, maybe it would slowly over time become a whisper. It’s easy to nit pick at what could be better, what we don’t have, what someone else has that we want. What a waste of energy! What will come of that energy? It will just continue to bring you down. Why not focus that same energy in a more positive direction?
I try to do this in my life, when something comes up that is a struggle for me, to take a look at it. Sometimes in the moment there is no way in he%% that it can ever seem possible to be grateful for it. That’s okay, over time maybe I can look back and see it in a different light. It’s a process, like anything else that we are all practicing. A teacher today said to our class, it’s all a practice, we are all here practicing, why do you think a doctor is called a practitioner? To sum it up….
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -unknown