WOW! So far I’m doing really good about this thirty days of gratitude challenge. I usually end up stopping midway through, or after the first day. But I really want to do this one.
I find that it’s important to acknowledge the things in your life, whether they are bad or good. I like the saying, “You can’t have good without the bad, or the bad without the good.” It’s a good way to live life.
By bad things I mean, situations like, a job loss, a rowdy neighbor, or even a death. These things can really test us, what happens during really does affect the outcome.
Let’s see what situation has affected me and why I am grateful for it.
Thirty Days of Gratitude Challenge
1. Coming From a Broken Home
My parents divorced when I was nine years old. It was hard on all of us, but I learned so much. My parents actually became BETTER parents after they lived apart. They also continued to work for us and be there for us. While growing up, I wished my parents were still together, I also knew that it was a chaotic situation. As an adult I have learned to appreciate the sacrifices both my parents made for us. I learned that hard work and dedication is what gets you to where you want to be. I learned that you may love someone with all of your heart, but can not be with them. So I am grateful for my parents making the hardest decision of their lives.
2. Being Told No
I am grateful to my old boss for NOT hiring me back. When I was 17 I ran away to PA to meet up with a friend. I didn’t ask my parent’s permission, nor my boss’s for a few days off. I left them high and dry. When I came back from my weekend adventure, I no longer had a job nor Summer privileges. When I literally begged for my job back, I never a got a call from her. I learned that the way you treat people is the way you get treated. I learned that when you work, it’s not just for a paycheck, other people literally depend on you. In my career, today, I have brands; whether they are small brands, like the mom and pop shop down the road, or a major brand like Nutrisytem or Keurig. They depend on me to put their word out there to my readers. Later on I wrote her a letter apologizing and thanking her for teaching me a life lesson. I still talk to her to this day!
There have been so many losses in my life. I am grateful for each and every one of them, even though I may never understand them. I mean whether it has been the loss of a loved one or friend, the loss of a job, or the loss of a pregnancy. Life is about winning, living, losing, and dying. I know that no matter what we do one of those things will eventually happen. Going through losses has definitely made me stronger and more diligent in my everyday dealings. I learned that for every tear we may shed, a smile is right around the bend.
What life altering events are you grateful for?