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What an “Attitude of Gratitude” Really Means

During this Thanksgiving holiday, our hearts go out to the hundreds of people who have suffered due to the recent California wild fires that have devastated so many. When bad things happen, it’s often hard to see any good in it. But, if we can reduce every event that we experience down to its basic facts, we come to realize that it’s the meaning we give to those facts that makes our perception of the experience “good” or “bad.”  

That may be a hard thing to grasp in the midst of grief and suffering, but when we stand back overtime to see the big picture – we start to understand the truth of it. When we stand in a belief and trust that everything is happening for our highest good, even the “bad” can be flipped to our view. We can start to see the event as a learning experience, a stepping stone to something greater, and a gift – no matter how poorly wrapped.

Gratitude is the ability to see the possible gift and blessing in everything that happens in our lives. Living in gratitude is about shifting our perspective. It’s about belief versus doubt. It’s about living in hope and about being present in every moment as we trust that the next moment will be for our good no matter what occurs.  

Everything is for our good. And, everything comes in its own perfect time and way to teach us what we need to know to become our greatest selves.  

As we express thanks for all of the “good” that is in our lives this Thanksgiving Season, may we also express thanks for all of the challenges, disappointments, tragedies and losses that we’ve faced. Though they may feel like dark nights of the soul, as we express gratitude for them, we can rest assured that they are equally important and are the very answers to our prayers and our deepest heart-felt desires.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

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