Struggles are REAL and relative, and I’ve had my share. From the enormous (loss of my mom) to the minuscule (behind on my latest book’s word count), they frustrate me all the same. We all want peace, don’t we? A no-drama-easy-peasy life that allows us to do what we need and desire with ease. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Sadly, as much as we think that’s what we want, we would be bored to tears because perfection isn’t living at all. Without struggle, there can be no growth. If everything was easy, how would we become stronger humans? How would our compassion blossom, our empathy evolve? It wouldn’t because we would be living in a fantasy land.
No matter how bad things are and how frustrating life can be at times, remember you’re becoming stronger and better with each obstacle you overcome. You’re becoming YOU. Don’t resist it. Embrace it. One day you’ll look back and be so proud of how far you’ve come in life. You’ll be so grateful for those struggles that made you the person you were always meant to be.
Through it all, we’ll complain because we’re human. And that’s okay. But, try, especially this holiday season, to have an attitude of gratitude.
When you get out of bed in the morning, acknowledge a few things you’re grateful for in your life. Even if it’s the fact that you’re alive to live another day. It’s a blessing denied to so many. Do the same when you go to bed, but think of a few different things. Try to do this daily and switch up what makes you grateful. You’ll be surprised at how many things there are for you to celebrate.
It’s easy to focus on all the negative around us because there is so much of it. But there’s so much good, too!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, start this new habit of having an attitude of gratitude. Give thanks. It’s the perfect time to try it on for size. It can only help.
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