“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to feel gratitude for.” ~Zig Ziglar
“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.” ~Elie Wiesel
“Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I choose gratitude.” ~Nick Vujicic
Ever have those moments in life when you feel like something is missing?
You feel out of sorts and, in fact, a bit blue. We all have these moments from time to time. It could be because of something going on in your life: a conflict, a personal crisis, problems with children, career problems, issues with aging parents, health issues, financial issues… the possible causes are endless.
It is so easy to get caught up in whatever seems to be going wrong in our lives that we can all too easily forget the things that are going right.
I had this experience myself this past week.
I allowed a temporary cloud to block out all that was good—not to the point of despair, but just enough to make me feel like I was missing something. Of course, when this happens we go to our default feel-good remedies. However, I knew better and just sat with my feelings and decided not to react to them.
As I was sitting with these void feelings, I was being blessed with messages from various sources. It wasn’t until about the fourth or fifth time the same message appeared that I got it. What I was missing was GRATITUDE.
In the midst of all that was going on, I was forgetting to appreciate all that was good in my life and it didn’t take long before I started to feel a void. As soon as I realized this, I quickly began to change my thoughts and focus to all that I do have to be grateful for in my life. In a very short—and I mean small—period of time, my mood lifted and the feelings of missing something started to fade.
I find at times like these it helps to find inspiration from others who demonstrate the pure essence of what it means to live in a state of gratitude. I am very grateful to have met personally (even hugged) the amazing human being in the video below. His name is Nick and may he remind you to be grateful.
Thank you, Nick, for reminding me yet again to be thankful!
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