God has been dealing with me lately on having a grateful heart. A “grateful heart,” what does that even mean? Being grateful for all the good in your life or when something good happens to you?
Yesterday I felt this huge rush of gratitude flow over me and I thought, “I’m grateful for every single thing in my life.” The good, the bad and the ugly. I’m grateful for every bad, heartbreaking, traumatic and tragic thing. I’m grateful for every good, amazing, happy thing and every blessing.
As crazy as it sounds, I feel that’s how we’re suppose to be. Because every good and bad thing has shaped us and made us into who we are.
I learned through moving around so much as a kid that sometimes change is good and I’m grateful for that.
I learned having a sick mom meant cherishing the good days with her and I’m grateful for that.
I learned at young age what anxiety was but it taught me to push myself outside of my comfort zone and I’m grateful for that.
I learned that losing people is a part of life and to be thankful that you ever had them in your life to begin with and the time you had with them and I’m grateful for that.
It’s cheesy, but a simple concept. Practice gratitude. For a while, I would say three new things each day that I was grateful for. Sometimes you need to pause and remind yourself what you have around you and going for you.