When life gives us lemons, and we refuse to make lemonade, it’s because we’ve become ungrateful. But it’s important to remember from whence we have come. There was once a point in your life where you might have lacked and struggled – you should never forget those walks through the valley. You have to be grateful for everything, both good and bad. The bad has helped shape you into the person that you are today. The good has taught you to appreciate all things. Both combined have bred a hell of a leader! When you are thankful for life, life gives you more to be grateful for.
Of course while on your purpose path it’s easy to become impatient and anxious. The process is overwhelming and sometimes you may feel like it’s not worth it…oh, but it is. Think about when you first decided to explore why you were put here. The lives you are going to change. Your purpose in life. This is why you must continue to move forward, with gratitude. Reflect on your progression to remain humble in your purpose!
I have to remind myself, at times, that I have a great life. It’s not that I’m ungrateful (because I know where my help comes from) but when my ambition takes flight I sometimes tend to focus so much on my desires that I don’t fully embrace what I have already accomplished. This is something that I have instilled in myself not to do – even when I occasionally slip into the ‘woe is me’ wallow.
Nothing is gained by your power alone and it’s critical that you begin to cultivate the habit of being gracious – AT ALL TIMES! Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairy tale.
By Dr. Avis Foley
Co-Publisher, Purpose Weekly