Sometimes you have to go through the worst to arrive at your best, because our most significant opportunities are found in times of great difficulty. Knowing that no part of the journey is ever wasted is an incredible blessing.
Today, I am grateful for my beautiful tribe, the chosen family of friends, colleagues and a truly loving significant other. Thank you for your full presence, for accepting me just the way that I am, for being there through the good times and bad, for making the ordinary moments extraordinary, for always meeting me halfway, for believing in me and supporting my decisions, for your encouragement and kind words, for knowing that I can’t always be strong and never failing to show me compassion in my weak moments, for giving me the extra push that I need, for going out of your way even when it’s not convenient and for all the little things you do that make the biggest difference in my world.
This year, I feel especially grateful for my real family and the lessons in compassion and forgiveness that I am continually immersed in through my interactions with them. In these lessons, I’m slowly finding a true place of peace and dynamic healing that I never imagined possible. It’s allowing my heart to be open and appreciative for the hard things, the heartache and trauma. Everything happens for a reason and dwelling on things that occurred in the past or imagining scenarios that may or may not have happened is fruitless and painful. I’m learning how to let go and have faith. Because family is precious. And although we cannot choose our families, they are the people we can usually relate to the most. Unconditional love is not easy to come by and life is short.
So take every opportunity to express love and gratitude to those around you. Tomorrow might be too late, so just do it now. Thank people, hug them, tell them you love them and let go of old baggage that doesn’t matter anymore. We’ll never regret telling people that they matter and mean something to us.
The more we express our gratitude, the more reasons we will find to be grateful. Without running away from discomfort, frequently turning our attention to the many things we have to be grateful for will multiply our reasons for expressing gratitude. Making it a habit is one of the best tools we can learn to bring about joy and fulfillment in our lives.
Time is precious and there is never enough of it. It’s our most valuable commodity; we can’t afford to not fill the time we are given as consciously as we can. Count your blessings and enjoy time spent with the ones you love today. Let’s begin the holiday season with an attitude of gratitude and continue to cultivate this positive mindset year-round.