Gratitude is a powerful thing. The more you’re in touch with all there is to be grateful for in your life, the more likely you are to experience joy on a regular basis.
You’ve probably heard the idea of keeping a gratitude journal, where you write three or five things you’re grateful for from your day. It’s a lovely practice to do at night, just before bed. Those are some great thoughts to fall asleep by.
But what about those times when you’re struggling? When you feel completely out of control? When gratitude is the last thing on your mind? That, my friend, is when you need gratitude the most. You just might need to dig deep.
On a recent hike, I was having an incredibly tough time putting one foot in front of the other. The climb was steep and consistent, and I needed frequent breaks. The inner chatter began. “Who do you think you are? You can’t make this climb. You’re not in good enough shape.” Gratitude came in handy to quiet those messages. I began shifting my thoughts, reciting things like, “Thank you, legs, for propelling me forward. Thank you, lungs, for my breath. Thank you, back, for your strength. Thank you, eyes, for allowing me to see such beauty.”I felt an almost-immediate shift from doubt to determination.
I used this same approach while visiting my father in the hospital. Unsure of how long he’d be there, and concerned for his health, I gave thanks to remind myself of all that is good in the situation. “Thank you, world-renowned healthcare, for being in my backyard. Thank you, nurses, doctors, and support staff, for your attention, caring, and patience. Thank you, friends and family, for prayers and strength.”
Although I felt out of control and helpless, this intentional shift in thinking allowed me to remember that I’m surrounded by angels.
When you look to gratitude in times of struggle, you call upon your spiritual team for help. This beautiful group of guides is always at the ready for you. They simply need to be invited.
Something to remember the next time you’re struggling.
Where could you use some more gratitude in your life? Is there a situation that feels scary, hopeless, or difficult? What could you be thankful for in regards to it?
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