October 23, 2014 by Cathy Brown
An attitude of gratitude – isn’t that a wonderful thought? There is nothing wrong with wanting more – but more will not come without being appreciative for what you already have. Be thankful for all the events you have experienced, even the challenging ones, for they have brought you opportunities to move forward.
A few years ago, I was working as a Director of Career Services at a local college. At first I loved the position helping graduates find their first employment in their new field. But after a management change I dreaded going into work. I learned about gratitude the hard way (as I often do). Rather than trying to find the positives in my job (all jobs have positives – some you just have to look as little harder to find) I resisted most everything.
I resisted so much I developed severe back pain. After a year resisting – I needed back surgery. The first surgery did not work; a second was needed. Thank God, the second one corrected the problem. Since I was absent more than the 12 week paid leave, I was terminated. Initially I was really angry, but as the days passed, I realized I was actually relieved and thankful. I knew for many months that I needed to leave that job, it was no longer a healthy environment for me to grow, as the resulting back surgery proved.
By changing my perspective, I was able to actually appreciate the termination, feeling it was in my best interest to move forward. Now I am having the time of my life, really loving the experience of helping people through my coaching. I probably would have not followed my coaching passion if I had stayed with the college.
Feel gratitude for all your possessions and experiences even those traumatic challenges. They all actually help you move forward. Spend some time thinking about those “problem” times. What good came through them? It may have taken a while, but good always comes.
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “Thank You” that would suffice”
”Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”
I am grateful for all I have.
I feel gratitude for all my experiences as they have helped me grow.