He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus

In a life full of chaos living in perpetual gratitude can be difficult but life can humble the noblest soul, it can strip us of our pride and has a way of bringing us to our knees, forcing us to be grateful for what we have instead of worrying over what we don’t have. 


Five months ago, we didn’t know where we would be. No one wants a Cancer diagnosis and it was the last thing any of us expected when my husband went in for his medical review that had been postponed due to Covid. In the midst of all the uncertainties, months of gruelling Chemo, and now what surgeons called a complicated surgery, gratitude has never been more prevalent in my life as it is right now, for the first time in a very, very long  time, perpetual gratitude seems to be within reach. They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In this instance, when life tossed me lemons, I tossed them right back, with a few complementary choice words. 


Experience has taught me there are always two ways to look at a situation. These past few months I can truly say life has brought me to my knees, it has invoked such a feeling of humility and gratitude that extends beyond my morning meditative practice because at this point in time, life has shown me that there is still so much more I now have to be grateful for. 


I’m grateful for life, its complete and whole healing.

 I am grateful for my supportive family.

I am grateful for the friends who checked in when others didn’t.

I am grateful for the lessons in love, hope, dedication and selflessness.

I am grateful for my Faith which gave the strength I needed along this leg of our journey.

I am eternally grateful for doctors and medical staff, their support, and their determination for a cure.


Pinned Message: It’s human nature to look at the negative and see something as stress, harmful, complicated or misfortune. But looking at the same thing through a different lens, you can see the positive making you realise that there is something good in everything.  Sharing the following prayer with hopes if brings you, peace, gratitude and hope!

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

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