“Gratitude allows us to put life back in balance. When you live with constant gratitude, your life will become a living prayer.”
~ Barbara DeAngelis, from her book: Real Moments
You may be wondering what gratitude has to do with adversity.
It’s easy to be grateful when things go well. How many of us are grateful when things don’t go well, when life is filled with adversity?
It’s important to be grateful for all of life. Even the adversity.
Adversity is where the growth is. Adversity allows us to rise above it. Adversity is where the lesson is.
Life itself is both triumph & adversity. How can we triumph without adversity? Have you ever been inspired by someone overcoming “the good life”?
No. Every story of inspiration is about overcoming adversity.
“Our pain can be our greatest teacher. It leads us to places we’d never go on our own.”
~ Debbie Ford, from her book: The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
My father died when I was 9. I’ve been divorced twice. My daughter has disowned me. Do I wish these things had been different. Absolutely.
Yet at the same time I learned & am grateful for the lessons.
From my dad’s death, I learned to:
- never take loved ones for granted
- be grateful that my mom is still living – some have lost both parents
- be grateful that my dad lived as long as he did – some never know their father at all
With divorce, I learned that:
- it’s important to follow both my heart & my head
- I need to love & respect myself before I can truly love & respect another
- love alone isn’t enough, you have to like, respect & understand each other
With my daughter refusing to speak to me, there are times I think that all I’ve learned is heartache. But then I realize I’ve learned:
- true love is expressing your feelings, regardless of whether the other person will express theirs or not
- to focus less on the outcome & more on making sure I’ve done the best that I am able to do
- once I’ve done all that I can, to be patient, let go & turn things over to our creator in faith & trust
Do I wish these events in my life had played out differently? Yes.
Yet, I’m grateful for what I’ve learned as a result. Adversity has helped me experience significant personal growth & become a stronger person.
It all comes down to a matter of perspective. And we all can change our perspectives if we choose to. Find ways to be grateful for adversity.