Grateful, Struggle

When “Grateful” Feels Hard

Thanksgiving just happened. Turkeys were stuffed, mashed potatoes eaten, and pies were exchanged. It’s the time of year where we list off why we’re grateful. And our hearts are supposed to be full of gratitude. And they are… for the most part.

I think it’s safe to say that some of us are lying. While we are grateful, we have a part of us that is maybe a little upset. We’re upset that maybe there’s a part of life that’s tough for us or something our family has been going through for years. There’s an illness, a loss, or maybe even a financial setback.

I think while it’s important to focus on the blessings and all that is good, I think maybe 10% of our time can just be honest. We should share with family and friends our struggles and hardships. It’s okay to not like a part of life or to feel like you’re all alone. It’s okay to feel less than “Thanksgiving Happy” about something. I think that’s more honest.

I am grateful. And we should all live in a way where we see our blessings before our troubles. But it’s unfair to think that gratefulness cancels out our pain or our problems. I think being grateful is what helps us keep our troubles in perspective. It keeps us grounded and strong.

So this year, count your many blessings. But while doing so, don’t be afraid to be honest.

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Awareness, Grateful

Why I am Grateful

There was a time in my life where I felt very envious of those I’d worked with or those I’d see online. I’d see someone who got a free ride to college, kids whose parents were still married, or someone who didn’t share my struggles. Since it looked like their life was so much easier, I started to resent them — even if I didn’t really know them.

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And I was miserable. I was miserable because I was constantly comparing, constantly wishing for more, and constantly feeling like I was going to have a subpar life.

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But one day, I realized how miserable I’d really felt. And I had this realization that God had truly blessed me and my family. So even though I was going through a tough time, I decided to be grateful. It was a tough decision but a choice nonetheless. I chose on purpose to be grateful for whatever I could find.

My health.
My family.
My close friends.
My work.
My warm bed and food in the fridge.
My education.

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When I started doing this, something amazing happened. As I became more grateful, I became more joyful. It started to become infectious and changed me. As time went on, and I thanked God for the simple things, I found more came my way. When I had complained before, I was miserable and it seemed less good came my way. But as proclaimed what I was thankful for and had a new attitude of gratitude, the more blessings flowed.

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As we enter the holiday season, make a decision to be grateful. Even when it hurts to breathe, when it’s hard to see the good, do it. You’ll be amazed at how it’ll change you and your life.

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