~When life is sweet say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter say thank you and GROW~
It seems to be somewhat of relief in my experience, that no matter what life throws at you within it contains a GIFT.
When things are going your way, running smoothly, calm, peaceful and enjoyable there is so much space for gratitude. With this abundance of gratitude comes even more amazing things. We are open and clear and cultivate everything we need to feel balanced, happy and whole.
Then of course there is the other side of the coin. When things are hard. When things don’t go as we planned, we can become attached to things that are out of our control. We can quite easily get caught in a downward spiral of feeling sorry for oneself, harvesting feelings of negativity and even resentment. These feelings are very toxic and need to be let go of. Of course in the present moment of pain and discomfort there doesn’t seem to be much of anything with gift like qualities. Feelings pass. Sometimes thankfully.
This is where a new perspective comes in and shows us the gift.
Gratitude opens the heart to joy. Thank you for the loss that deepens me. Thank you for the sorrow that humbles me. Thank you for the pain that tempers me, the work that strengthens me, the disappointments that help me to surrender. Thank you for the changing fortunes of life that teach me discernment, compassion, perseverance, patience, courage and so much more. We either give thanks for all that comes our way, even if it causes us to weep, or we remain small, petty and complaining. ~ Ann Mortifee
~ Evolved Living