Gratitude Especially When Times Are Hard

An attitude of gratitude is crucial, especially during trying times. It is no secret that the year twenty-twenty has been fraught with challenges.

First, let’s think of what happens if we are not looking for things for which to be thankful. This would be akin to taking the “too-too” train to the destination of “Woe-Is-Me”. That little settlement is the hometown of Goldilocks. Everything there is too hot, too cold, too big, too hard or too soft. When we are looking for fault, it isn’t hard to find.

Next, let’s imagine going on a drive. Your assignment is to notice all the green cars. Green may not be the most common hue for vehicles, but if that is on your radar, you will notice them. It is a lot like playing I spy with my little eye, something that is _______. Suddenly to a room full of young ones, they will notice lots of whatever it is to be found!

The same thing is true with gratitude. If we are searching for ways to be thankful, all at once we find far more than we initially realized. The objects of our gratitude don’t have to be large or sparkly or even green. However, it must be someone or something you treasure in your heart, those special people who help to make your life ineffably sublime or that something which perhaps makes your life easier. In fact, it could even be that something which makes your life more difficult if you can find it within yourself to be grateful for the lessons it teaches.

Being thankful during times of challenge may not be the first thing on your mind. In fact, it could very well be the last. When our son was in hospice, I honestly didn’t feel the least bit thankful. It was understandably one of the most difficult periods of my life. Then, I discovered a practice of listing ten gratitudes each day. Finding ten things for which I was grateful was a huge challenge, but I did it. Granted, some of the items I listed were small conveniences, a spark of beauty, or simple, loving glances. But, the lesson I found through the struggle of this practice helped to hold my spirit in a more hopeful place. This year in particular, many have lost loved ones, health, jobs, businesses, homes, normal social outlets and family gatherings, etc. In the face of any kind of loss, gratitude can come to our rescue.

Last of all, let’s try to be like Goldilocks when she found the three items that were just right! Make that list of things that are just right for you. Make it long. Make it a habit to list at least ten each day for which you are genuinely grateful. Especially when you make gratitude a habit, you will be amazed at the transformation it can make in your life!

Here is the start to my list. I am very thankful for all of you readers of my blog. I am grateful for those of you who follow and forward my writings to spread the light so needed in our day and age. Now it is your turn!

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude. A. A. Milne

“Enough” is a feast. Buddhist Proverb

Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. Rumi

No matter the size of your heart, may you discover the rich abundance in “enough” as you fill and clothe yourself in gratitude. God bless!

Published by Linda M. Wolfe

Midwestern mystic with varying amounts of mother, teacher, artist, seeker

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