Living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace. Arianna Huffington

I’m sure we’ve heard it all about gratitude. Many a maxim touts the importance of gratitude. Get a gratitude journal, and at the end of every day jot down three things that you should be grateful for. Count your blessings. There’s always something to be grateful for. Yada yada yada.

Often, in the midst of grief, loss, death, heartache and illness, it’s not as easy to focus on being grateful. It takes herculean effort to drag yourself out of bed and do a daily routine. A lot of the time you are just going through the paces, relying on sheer effort to get through a normal day.

So why should I be grateful when I find myself struggling to keep my head above water, trying my best to survive the deluge of problem after problem, curve ball after curve ball.

Grateful for what really?

Quite frankly for everything.

The fact that I am alive and healthy and writing this blog at this very moment is some thing for which I am grateful. Life gets hard I know. Things become overwhelming but, in spite of that, I’m sure there’s at least ONE thing for which you can be grateful.

It really is the little things most times. The gentle breeze that caresses your face, waking up to birds whistling in the trees, being able to laugh with friends and loved ones, gratitude changes your perspective.

Don’t believe me, try it and see. The minute you start acknowledging things for which you are grateful, something shifts.

Yes, things can be better, but they can also be worse.

So, to answer the question, am I grateful?

Of course I am, for everything!

Share ONE thing for which you are grateful.

I’ll go first, I’m thankful for my body.

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