Tis the season to be grateful, fa-la-la-la…
Or bah humbug!
This past year has been a series of tests after tests.
As we enter the holiday season, I am reflecting on everything that’s happened this past year: health concerns for both my husband and myself, having Tween Girl gone for an entire month during the summer, College Boy being back home for the summer. All of those things were a handful, I made it through the anxiety and depressing feelings.
Even with those issues, there was one constant that still reared it’s ugly head. One year ago, I accepted a new position at work. I won’t bore you with all that’s happened within the year with this job, just know that it’s been a struggle.
During this time, my heart was not always grateful.
“Just be thankful that you have a job.”
I cannot tell you how many times I heard that.
I have complained, cried, cursed and whined, trying to figure out how to cope.
I was, according to Joel Osteen, bursting my own balloon.
You know, shooting myself in the foot.
Basically, blocking my own way.
One year later, I can finally see how the complaining, crying, cursing and whining added to the person I am today.
Today, I am learning how to stop bursting my own balloon and cultivating my heart to stay grateful. Here’s what I’m doing:
Persevering (in the words of Dory, “just keep swimming”)
Taking heed to what Eckhart Tolle says: Complaining makes me the victim
Realizing that we all have different paths
These words have been proven time and time again for me. Going through any struggle hurts and is painful but the key words are going though, not pitching a tent and living there.
I wish that the past year went as smoothly as I described it within this blog post!
If you’re like me, I like to keep quotes before my eyes, giving it my attention, not letting it depart from my sight. As such, I had to create a printable and share it with you.
Click here to get your copy of Count it all joy.
Take a pic to show me how you are displaying your copy, Instagram it to me!
How are you cultivating your heart for gratefulness?