How are we feeling today for Day 3 of our 10 days of GRATITUDE?
Today’s #3 can certainly be difficult to think of in gratitude especially when we’re down in the dumps, we’ve had our heart broken, lost a loved one or even got passed over for a job we really wanted. #3 takes a bit of perspective and the ability to see that no matter the situation, it can always be worse, even when at the time it feels like we’re at your worse.
the 3rd things that I’m grateful for is MY SITUATION …
If you’re reading this you are already in a better situation than the hundreds of millions of individuals who are struggling each day.
I have felt all kinds of shitty over my 44 years, I promise you – I’ve failed at life and in situations just as many times if not more than you have. I’ve been in shock, in despair. I’ve been hurt. I’ve been scared to death. I’ve been cheated on, lied to, manipulated. I’ve been days from not being able to pay my mortgage at times. I’ve gotten in trouble cause I can’t keep my mouth shut. I’ve loved and lost. I’ve been lonely. I’ve been mad and sad. I’ve been let go. I almost lost my only brother and lost my dad only 6 months later. I’ve been treated like crap when all I’ve done is loved. I’ve been taken advantage of on so many levels (emotionally, financially) … I could keep going but you get the drift.
In the days when I literally did nothing but cry and stay in bed. When I couldn’t sleep or eat. When my heart ached so much it felt as if it was going to explode. When I was at my worst – I STILL KNEW I was better off than most of the millions of people in this vast world, who can’t afford a roof over their head/who sleep on the streets, they can’t afford food in their bellies, to buy clothes for their babies, they cannot afford to get out of the ghetto, someone they love has just been murdered, someone is struggling with mental health and can’t get the right treatment, someone out there just received the news they’ve got 3 months to live. I was all of the things I mentioned earlier in my blog, but other folks had it worse. What they wouldn’t have given to trade with me for a brief moment, even when I was in the depth of my despair. So remember, your situation could ALWAYS be worse.
Your situation also serves as a blessing (in disguise).
Kelly Clarkson said it best (sing it with me – you know you want to )
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone
Another song I love by Krishna Das …