Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
Too often we fail to appreciate the good we have in our life because we are so focused on what we may think is wrong in our life. We let our troubles can drag us down to the extent that we are anything but cheerful.
The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.
Neale Donald Walsch
We have all heard the story of the person who felt sorry for himself because he had no shoes. He was miserable and very unhappy. He thoughts were on poor me, everyone else had shoes but he did not. But, then he met a man who had no feet, and it changed his attitude to be thankful that he had feet. Not having shoes was no longer an issue!
One we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.
Truth is that someone else always has it worse than we do. There are many who face much larger challenges than we do. If we stopped and looked at that for a minute it would put our challenge in perspective. It can give us hope that if others have overcome then we also will. We also can be appreciative that our problems are not as large as the other person's.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.