“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.” Richard Bach
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, many people are sharing everything they’re thankful for. But what if you’re not feeling so thankful? Maybe you’re going through a hard time and the season of gratitude isn’t resonating with you. It’s easy to be thankful for the good things in life — family, friends, a roof over our heads — but what about the other stuff? The things that makes us unhappy? The things that make us feel sad or fill us with grief and anger. Do we have to be thankful for those things, too? How do we cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” for the negative events in our life?
Learning to have a gratitude practice is even more crucial when times are tough. When we keep a gratitude list or journal, we get into the habit of finding the positive in the negative. We train ourselves to seek out the good rather than dwell on the bad. Life is an up and down journey, and when we experience the downs, having a thankful attitude and heart can help us see the bad times as a chance to grow, learn, and change for the better. It doesn’t mean we minimize or marginalize the the hurt or pain we feel; it means we search for the good and the positive in spite of the pain.
My hope for you this holiday week is that you find many things for which you can be thankful.