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- When am I most happy/grateful?
- Why am I most happy/grateful?
- Do I find slivers of gratitude and happiness during trials?
- How do I see negatives in my life?
Bad things happen to good people. We all know that. Nature keeps balance in ways we may not understand, like the death of a loved one or another lose that couldn't have come at a worse time. Choosing to be grateful despite negatives in our lives gives us power: power to forge ahead and power to be an inspiration to someone else.
Just this past week I attended the funeral of a friend's twenty-two-year-old son. Talk about the realm of negativity - a parent losing a child. Who would blame them for being anything but bitter?
But they weren't. Several family members stood to speak at the end of the service. Not one of them dwelled on the obvious fact that this young man's life was tragically cut short. Instead, each focused on what he had brought to their lives and to the world. They rejoiced in who his was and still is. They CHOSE to be grateful for the time they had with him instead of clinging to the new hole in their world now that he's gone.
You attract what you are, not what you want. So if you want it, reflect it.
Brilliant, is it not? Meditating on what that statement truly means has made a huge difference in my life. It's washed away all my distractions--stripping away the layers of onion peel so I can see what's important. And what are my distractions? For the most part they are negatives in my life I perceive as obstacles.
But those obstacles can be easily washed away if I stop focusing on them. Focusing on them only gives them power.
Let me ask you this: Wouldn't that power be put to better use on a positive in my life? (You bet.) In your life?