Sometimes it’s hard to feel gratitude when life is not going well, but there is always something to be grateful for. Even in tough times and misery, if you look around and search your heart, there you will find something to be grateful for.
When we are in a daily ritual of racing about we miss so much of life around us. But what we miss the most, is our own precious life as it also goes racing by. Our busy lives are filled with so much stress that there is no time to feel gratitude for anything.
A few years ago, I had a job that sucked the life out of me. Many days were filled with office politics, rushing to meet deadlines, and trying to keep everyone happy. Sometimes, I would get a glimpse of life when I would go outside to the mailbox. There I would be engulfed in nature with big trees all around me, birds chirping, and fluffy clouds moving lazily by. With all of that going on, I would feel alive and grateful for life. But, once back in the office and back in my life, I couldn’t feel anything but stress and unhappiness.
When we find things in our lives to be grateful for we become anchored and therefore balanced with the universe. Whatever bad we are dealing with seems to disappear, or not be as important as we originally thought it was. Our breathing calms down, we see things more clearly, and we just feel better.
The best way to feel gratitude is to pay it forward. When you wake up in the morning before your feet hit the floor, send gratitude out to the universe for everything you have. It’s a great way to start your day and it makes your life a little bit easier. Try feeling grateful for what you have and where you are in life right now, even if it’s not where you really want to be.
By the way, send a little love out with that gratitude, because whatever you send to the universe will always come back to you.