Sunday Thoughts (the blessing in the burden)
I talk about how important feeling – and expressing – gratitude is, quite a bit.
It’s very powerful.
And when the world feels like it’s crumbling, with all kinds of negative news and hardship, it’s very hard sometimes to find those things to be thankful for.
Something to savor and appreciate.
But it’s times like these where finding and feeling your gratitude is most powerful.
It’s easy to feel happy when things are going well.
When you’ve gotten a kick in the tail, not so much.
But it’s the most challenging moments of our lives that bring the most wisdom. It’s just hard to see it, to find it, to feel it.
You have to do a little searching to bring this out and make it visible to your soul.
One way to do that is by writing it down. A “gratitude journal.”
What am I thankful for? What is going well?
You can start by filling out a statement like this:
A challenge that helped me grow into a better “me” is:
Once you write this down, take a minute. Find the hiding blessing in that experience.
Some people call this “the blessing in the burden.” I call it giving yourself a much needed pat on the back.
Bette Davis once said “Getting old ain’t for sissies.” It does challenge you, that’s for sure.
But it also gives you wisdom and strength.
You just need to look for it sometimes.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
P.S. Once you’re in the mood to start writing things down, now’s a good time to set some goals for yourself. After all, today marks one month down in this new year we’re in. And “New Year’s Resolutions” don’t have to start on January 1.
Tomorrow’s a new month. Make it a good one by setting a goal and accomplishing it!