Sometimes unexpected things happen.
Life might not go according to plan, it might take a drastic turn, or we lose someone close to us.
Situations like this make it is easy for us to lose perspective and not see the bigger picture.
Our focus falls on the negative.
If the negativity takes hold, it breeds into a downward spiral which is often hard to climb out of.
It is important to remember gratitude in times like these. Not gratitude for the bad things that happen, but gratitude for everything else we got going for us.
I lost a family member to a terrible disease yesterday. Instead of focusing on the tragedy around this, I found so many beautiful things to be grateful for!
Gratitude for the happy memories this person created in my childhood.
Trips to the cabin, fishing, and great storytelling came to mind.
A lot of laughter, a lot of smiles.
I felt gratitude for the unity a situation like this creates in the family.
Gratitude for the vulnerability it allows us to show.
Gratitude for the space it created to go within and reflect on how fragile life is, and how meaningless most of the things we put importance on really are.
All our ego driven drama, insecurities and feuds just become this insignificant grain of sand when taking into account that it can all be over tomorrow.
We cannot be expected to be grateful for everything that happens to us, but we can try to find something to be grateful for in every moment.
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