As a life coach I am all about helping my clients transform their current life situations from what they are tolerating to what they are celebrating. I mean really, don’t we all want to live a life that we celebrate fully and not just tolerate.
What if making the shift from tolerating to celebrating was as easy as gratitude? Well, it is!
A lot of people talk about gratitude and being grateful for the good things and it can be hard to let this carry over to difficult things. The deeper gifts of gratitude come when you can take a situation that can be seen as negative and find the gold within it.
When I was around fifteen years old my family discovered that one of my aunts had a disease that my grandmother also suffered from. Up until that point my family was fragmented and some of my fathers’ siblings had gone off in separate directions. When my aunt got sick my family come back together. The thought process was, we need to support each other and find a way to make sure this illness doesn’t continue to affect our family.
When confronted with this terrible disease we all had a choice, stay separate and alone or come together. In choosing to come together our family grew closer and more loving with each other. We started supporting and loving each other on more and deeper levels. We shifted from despair over the disease, to gratitude for the love and support of family.
The point of the story is to give an example that we can choose how we perceive things so that we are left feeling grateful instead of depressed or let down. In this situation I have found the ability to be thankful for this disease that gave me my family an opportunity to support, be supported and know that I have a place to go home.
There are some things that you can’t change, like other people, but you can still be grateful for them anyway. Sometimes my favorite things are the things that challenge me. Yes it is great when things are easy and just flow but those things don’t help me grow. My teenage twin sons on the other hand are neither easy nor simple. It is HARD! I am so grateful for the difficulty there. I continually have the opportunity to dive deeper into my understanding and practice of compassion. I get to improve my ability to let go and look at the bigger picture. Whatever it is that I learn from parenting 17 year old twin boys, I find that I am growing and continually becoming a better person. How could I not be grateful?
What thing in your life are you just tolerating? What is the one thing in your life that you wish would change? How can your perspective of this change so that it is transformed into a different situation? What are you grateful for in this situation? What have you learned? How have you grown? How are you better because of this?
If you can look at something and see what you get out of it before looking at what it may take away from you are on the road to living a life that you are celebrating. So, I want to challenge you. Can you look at every situation in your life and find 3 things to be grateful for in each instance?
Celebrate today for all that it is! You are here, you get to…