If You Are Looking For It You Will Find It (Part 2)

If you look hard enough, you will find it (Part 2)

For the past 5 or 6 years, I have been practicing daily gratitude. Now you ’d think it was something that comes naturally, and sometimes it does….sometimes it’s a no brainer. For example, if someone invites us over for a lovely dinner, we are naturally grateful; no thought required. But, how often do we acknowledge gratitude for the beautiful sound of the birds singing, or the use of legs to carry us? My grandma lost her leg when a car ran over her, and she was only in her thirties. As a child, I was blessed to spend much time with her and she would always say to me, “Kimmy, be sure to find gratitude in all life has to offer. I never appreciated walking, or riding my bike until my leg was gone.” This was probably one of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned, or ever will learn. However, for many years, I kind of lost sight of the value in my grandma’s wisdom. Oh, I was still a very happy, positive person who was grateful for many things, I just never made it a conscience practice to be aware of it each and every day.

There will be times in your life, and perhaps even now where you feel there is nothing to be grateful for. You may be saying right now, “What does this Kim person know? My life sucks, and there isn’t one thing I have to be grateful for.” I get that…I’ve been there. However, if you look hard enough, you will find it.

When my son was born with a critical heart defect and not expected to live, when my dad died right after he was born, I was beyond devastated with completely nothing to be grateful for, or so I thought. Fortunately, I was able to figure out that even though my life was completely falling apart, I had gratitude. This was a realization that really shocked me, and you’re probably thinking as I did at first; How on earth can I have gratitude when my son is on life support and fighting for his life? How can I have gratitude after my dad had just died of a heart attack? You must be crazy! But I wasn’t. I was grateful that we had the best Heart Surgeon in North America. I was grateful for the three hours and fifteen minutes I spent watching the Titanic movie and temporarily shelving my pain. And there I found even more reasons to be grateful, but none more than the day we got to bring Avery home after many months with his heart all patched up and good as new!

So you see, it is there….we can always find something to be grateful for. It is the silver lining that exists and lives in every one of us, no matter what.

Good Luck and God Bless!

Kim

If you look hard enough, you will find it (Part 2)

For the past 5 or 6 years, I have been practicing daily gratitude. Now you ’d think it was something that comes naturally, and sometimes it does….sometimes it’s a no brainer. For example, if someone invites us over for a lovely dinner, we are naturally grateful; no thought required. But, how often do we acknowledge gratitude for the beautiful sound of the birds singing, or the use of legs to carry us? My grandma lost her leg when a car ran over her, and she was only in her thirties. As a child, I was blessed to spend much time with her and she would always say to me, “Kimmy, be sure to find gratitude in all life has to offer. I never appreciated walking, or riding my bike until my leg was gone.” This was probably one of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned, or ever will learn. However, for many years, I kind of lost sight of the value in my grandma’s wisdom. Oh, I was still a very happy, positive person who was grateful for many things, I just never made it a conscience practice to be aware of it each and every day.

There will be times in your life, and perhaps even now where you feel there is nothing to be grateful for. You may be saying right now, “What does this Kim person know? My life sucks, and there isn’t one thing I have to be grateful for.” I get that…I’ve been there. However, if you look hard enough, you will find it.

When my son was born with a critical heart defect and not expected to live, when my dad died right after he was born, I was beyond devastated with completely nothing to be grateful for, or so I thought. Fortunately, I was able to figure out that even though my life was completely falling apart, I had gratitude. This was a realization that really shocked me, and you’re probably thinking as I did at first; How on earth can I have gratitude when my son is on life support and fighting for his life? How can I have gratitude after my dad had just died of a heart attack? You must be crazy! But I wasn’t. I was grateful that we had the best Heart Surgeon in North America. I was grateful for the three hours and fifteen minutes I spent watching the Titanic movie and temporarily shelving my pain. And there I found even more reasons to be grateful, but none more than the day we got to bring Avery home after many months with his heart all patched up and good as new!

So you see, it is there….we can always find something to be grateful for. It is the silver lining that exists and lives in every one of us, no matter what.

Good Luck and God Bless!

Kim

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