Finding strength in gratefulness
News of this week’s pandemic has everyone forming his or her own opinions. Many of you might still be packing up to go for your spring break trip, while many of you have been forced to cancel. Or perhaps you’ve rescheduled. Regardless of how you interpret this week’s headlines, I hope you consider this powerful quote while keeping your hands on the wheel of daily life.
“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Now I am not suggesting you turn a blind eye to what is evolving in reel time. But rather what if you hit the brakes to slow down your speed. The internet has turned into a super fast highway where everyone is commenting on the crash on the side of the road. Does the majority of this “drive by” mentality produce anything meaningful? Probably not. So perhaps a lane change is necessary.
I read somewhere that if you waste all your time worrying you’re going to miss out on living. Daily life continues. Even in challenging times. So what if instead you take another route—such as the road of gratitude?
You probably are going to ask—is there even something to be grateful about? Yes. It just takes practice. Just like the old saying goes—if you look for the good in something you will find it.
An article that I came across goes even further to explain just how powerful it is to just be grateful. In fact, I believe gratitude is essential. It is what gives us perspective. Famed American psychologist Robert Emmons teaches us that gratitude is crucial and necessary to help us cope with hard times.
It’s a scary world out there right now, but eventually this will pass. So let’s rely on that word which matters most during these challenging times. Or as Zig Ziglar declares “gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.”
Stay healthy and grateful everyone!