It’s easy to be grateful when good things happen. When we have success, live the perfect day, meet someone who sparks something amazing inside us, gratitude comes easily.
It’s different when we face loss, challenges, disagreements, or misfortune. What happens to our gratitude then? Many of us will feel as victims when we experience adversity, and we think there’s no place for gratitude.
Indeed, how can we find gratitude in the face of loss, challenges, or misfortune? It’s hard to see challenges as having value, but through our suffering, finding gratitude can help us grow so much.
We can learn patience through torment or discomfort, wisdom from our mistakes, strength through loss, and compassion through calamities.
It’s possible to choose gratitude even if we’re the kind of person who tend to be negative because we can transform challenges into opportunities for growth.
With determination and effort, we can change the way we see things, despite what is happening to us, and with this new way to look at our situation, we can discover the gifts hidden in our setbacks.
Sometimes, we can’t see the gifts right away. There are times when we need to be patient and practice gratitude over and over. When hidden blessings are revealed to us, everything makes sense. We understand why we had to go through all of it. Out of hardship comes possibilities for which we can find deep gratitude.
I’ve always loved reading. I think it’s just fun to flip through the pages of a book, and discover the thoughts of another human being. It’s almost like mind reading, if such thing would exist. Books are like pieces of human souls printed out for the whole world to learn from them.
Through books, I’m searching for something that will sparkle a new way to live my life, how to find happiness, how to succeed, how to love more, how to grow, how to be the best person I can be.
I sometimes get so excited to read a new book. The anticipation can be so strong I can’t think of anything else until I get to start reading. And very rarely have I been disappointed. Books have always delivered, there has always been a nugget in every single book I’ve read.
Everyone gets only 24 hours a day (if you get 25, please email me with the details of how you manage this feat). All the time that we’ve already assigned, we’ve already assigned. Those few minutes left each day, we think of them as spare time. If only we could have more of it.
Somehow, some people manage to find 2 to 3 hours a day to do their side line project, write a book, learn and practice new skills that are bringing them closer to their dream life.
The reason is they’ve redefined what spare time means, they’ve redefined how they spend their time during their waking hours.
When you re-prioritize what spare time means to you, you can do anything and everything you want. When you say, “this is important to me”, you will have the spare time to do it.
What if every day you treated yourself like a winner?
You’ve won because you got up on time this morning. You’ve won because you said something nice to someone. You’ve won because you did what you said you’d do at work, at the gym, and in the kitchen.
Treating yourself like a special person is going to make you feel like a winner. You are indeed special, the simple fact that you are alive makes you special.
Recognize that you’re a winner for all the little things you do. Soon enough those wins will add up, and you’ll start creating bigger wins more often. You’ll be living the life of a winner. People will treat you like a winner too because that’s who you’ll be.