Give thanks today ~ even if your life is not what you want it to be. You may be facing financial hardships with no place to call your own, in the midst of serious health or relationships challenges, dealing with crazy children or relatives or overworked and underpaid. When you look at your life, it may be hard to be thankful.
For others, this may have been your best year ever. You turned your life around, enjoyed success, created more love in your life and exceeded your personal best. Regardless of where you find yourself…in all things give thanks. You still have another chance to turn things around, set things right; heal relationships, live full out, laugh and love more and stand in your GREATNESS! Your presence creates possibility, promise and hope for the future. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read, “I am blind, please help. ”There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks as they hurried past.A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. Then he put the sign back in the boy’s hand so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign returned to see how things were.The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”Both signs spoke the truth. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind, while the second sign conveyed to everyone walking by how grateful they should be to see…When your life seems full of troubles, it seems difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude, doesn’t it?
All we see are our problems, like a blackened storm cloud casting a dark shadow over our lives. And the times when everything just seems to be going smoothly? We often take these precious moments for granted too, don’t we? Caught up in the bliss, comfort, and familiarity of it all, we can simply forget to be thankful. So what, then, is gratitude?Simply put, gratitude is a habit. It’s a way of looking at the world and all the good things in it with a feeling of appreciation, regardless of whether or not your current situation is to your liking. Gratitude is a heart-centered approach to being at peace with yourself and with all you have. When you practice this feeling of gratitude, it attracts even MORE things into your life for which to be grateful.
Go ahead, try it out right now. What or who do you have in your life to be thankful for?
Denial is denying the existence of a problem. It’s a standard tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning. Denial is a liar, which compounds the problem by blocking our creative vision towards the possible solution. Denial is a deceiver too. It makes us do things that pleases us & not the things which can resolve the problem.
Accept the truth, accept failure/defeat, accept pain.
It’s the acceptance that brings the positive change.” ~Shahenshah Hafeez Khan
The seed you plant today, will be the tree that gives you shade tomorrow.
~ West Indian Proverb
This was a popular saying of many back home and I never really appreciating the meaning myself. My grandmother took this to heart though, she sowed seeds of faith, seeds of generosity, seeds of wisdom and knowledge. She was also constantly telling us (my brothers and I) that the seeds she was sowing was not for herself, but rather for her children and grandchildren. Something my neophyte mind couldn’t comprehend. Why would a woman who had so little give so much of herself to others, often without reciprocation?
When I became an adult and had children of my own, without understanding the true meaning. I followed the same path…….Giving without expecting anything in return; many of my friends said I was encouraging laziness, that I was naive. But in actuality, nothing was given to anyone who didn’t need it. So my life of giving went on, until the time came when I could no longer give the way I wanted to. This week with a little help from a few good people, I learned the meaning of “the seeds planted today, will be the tree that gives shade tomorrow!’ As those seeds of faith, kindness and favour grew into trees that provided me the shade I needed during the storm. Life is a circle, what we send out eventual finds it way back to us, the kindness we show to others may not always return from the same hands, but rather from some other. We are all our brothers keepers, we are all connected through humanity and acts of selflessness. Continue to sow those seeds of Greatness and enjoy the shade of your labour.
I’m no to stranger loss. Loss of family, friends, things. Some losses are harder to deal with than others, my father passed away after I moved away from home, when I said my goodbyes to him, I didn’t realise that I was really saying goodbye. In the past few months, we’ve lost a lot of branches from our family tree, the old, the young, those yet to be born have all made their transition to the great beyond.
“Don’t allow your wounds to turn you into the person you’re not”
Those few months have forced me to step outside my social bubble and make some changes in my life, changes which led to the way I view the world and people. These changes have also reflected on the way I handle certain situations that would’ve otherwise set me on fire. I have learned to view aspects of my life differently as well gain a more positive opinion on anything that comes my way. In the midst of all the pain of loss, those changes helped me stay grounded, they gave me a better sense of purpose. For that I’m grateful.
We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time for us to let ourselves be loved. ~C. JoyBell C.