“An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities”
With cooler weather approaching, there is something so comforting about a nice cup of tea to unwind from the day. Maybe it’s just my opinion, but a cup of tea warms the heart and soul. Lately though, I’ve been drinking this brand that my sister-in-law introduced to me with cute, inspirational quotes on the bag. So not only is it a pick-me-up after a long day but the tea inspires positive thoughts and challenges your thinking.
Last week, as I saw this quote, it seemed like a great blog idea but I couldn’t put the right words together in my mind. As I wrote in my earlier post, someone very important to me passed away after battling cancer for years and as you can imagine, I’m struggling to move forward. Last week, I was so awful to be around. I was depressed and incredibly negative towards myself and to everyone around me. I didn’t understand my purpose in life or the reason as to why I survived cancer but many others haven’t or how I am supposed to achieve anything in life if my disabilities keep getting in the way. Pretty much I looked at my future and wanted to give up. I didn’t feel very positive.
This past weekend, I purposefully made plans with friends for some much needed friend time, a chance to get away from my sorrows and to find some happiness again. I am so blessed and thankful to have such amazing friends! It was as if they could read my heart and knew exactly what I needed. By the time Sunday came around, I felt like the same old positive and happy me instead of being depressed and negative about every single thing. As I looked at the moon last night, the right words finally came to me and I have three points to make.
Last week, I was so consumed with my worries about the future that having an attitude of gratitude was the furthest thing from my mind. We often get so caught up thinking ahead to the future that we forget to be thankful for the moment we are in right now. Maybe it isn’t everything you want or how you imagined your life to be but that is why we have tomorrow and everyday after that, to keep working towards our full potential. Stop worrying about what you can’t control, focus on today and what you have right now.
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry”-Padre Pio
Always have an attitude of gratitude. Each moment we live brings opportunities, some great, some not so great. Maybe the opportunities aren’t exactly what we expect at times or hold the answer to everything we’re searching for but it is in these moments that we are able to grow towards our purpose and are given hope that the best is yet to come. So be thankful and have an attitude of gratitude.
“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude”-Unknown
We need to be open to these moments and opportunities. I’ve learned that when we set expectations in life or have an exact plan for our lives, we are often setting ourselves up for disappointment especially if those expectations are never met. So let go of those expectations or what you think is best for you. Just embrace every new opportunity we are given. Maybe they won’t take us exactly where we want to go but maybe it will provide us with the strength to keep going or give us a new outlook on things. So be open to new adventures.
“When opportunity knocks, don’t let fear hold you back. Open the door and embrace the opportunity that has come forth”-Unknown