"When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in." -Kristin Armstrong
Let's face it, sometimes life is a big shit show. I know, I've had my share, possibly more. Most of us don't get through life without a challenge or two....or more. If you are lucky the trouble is temporary. Sometimes, however, the challenges last much longer than would seem humane. I don't know why some of us seem to get through with just a couple bumps and scrapes while others of us seem to hemorrhage trouble. Why me? That's the million dollar question with no answer. But what I do know, is that in any situation, in any difficult moment or season, there is still always, always, always, something to be grateful for.
In the last few years off and on (mostly on) I have been experiencing my own season of challenge, one of several in my life. I am tired and sad and confused and sometimes angry. I feel stuck and overwhelmed and alone and like I am barely keeping my head above water. Still, every night before bed, I get out my gratitude journal and list 10 things I am grateful for. Some nights I struggle to get past 3 but push on 'til there are 10. Some nights it's easy to list 10 and to keep going. All this in the midst of a very uncomfortable chapter in my life. Yes, tonight my fork performed beautifully. Thank you.
The other day I saw the image below (sorry not sure who created it) on a friend's Facebook page for a 30 day gratitude challenge. I perked up when I saw it, not because I needed a challenge to keep a gratitude practice, but because it gave me so many more ideas on what to be grateful for that I don't normally consider. How crazy is that? Just goes to show you how much I (and maybe all of us) take for granted every. single. day. I'm not really a Bible kind of gal, but even in that doesn't it say something like in all things give thanks? You may be surprised at how a little gratitude can give you a bit of peace, hope and comfort even in the midst of your own shit show. It's easy when life is going along great, but it's absolutely necessary when it isn't.
So I am going to do this 30 day gratitude challenge publicly. You can join me by following along on my Facebook page or Instagram account, both of which are linked up at the top. I will welcome your comments about what you are grateful for under each day's topic. Who knows maybe with collective gratitude we can help each other ride the wave of sorrow or despair or discomfort and come out better for it on the other side. And with that, I will just say "Thank you" for stopping by and reading my little blog today. Namaste.