It’s obviously easy to be grateful when things go well, so how can we still be grateful when they don’t? Life can be very challenging at moments, there are always times in which we have to overcome obstacles and hurdles and the attitude we face them with is the real game changer. I believe we always have a choice: either we choose to be victims blame the Universe for what is happening to us or we choose to embrace anything Life throws at us and be open to receive the lesson it has to teach.
In my personal journey, I have learned that my worst moments have been my greatest gifts, for they brought more awareness into my mind and they made me realize how EVERY SIGNLE SECOND and EVERY LITTLE THING we do is important.
On the worst day of my life I received a miracle. My dad has been very absent with his kids. My relationship with him has always been on and off and so was the one between him and my older brother & sister. The day before my Mom’s funeral, my dad and my little brother came over to my house to see me and so did my older brother and sister. After so many years we were finally standing all together in my living room. It was one of those beautiful moments where behind the awkwardness and the unsaid there was an entire world of memories and feelings. My dad was with his four kids all at once, and we were all grown up. I looked into his eyes and for the first time, I saw he was on the edge of tears, breathing deeply, taking in all the emotions that moment was offering him. It was as if in a second he had relived his entire life and realized how much he had screwed up with us. I read in his eyes a silent apology, I accepted it and offered my forgiveness in return. My dad was back and that was all that mattered to me at that moment. I opened a bottle of delicious red wine that I had been keeping for a special occasion and poured it into everyone’s glass. A few sips were enough to let us go of a bit of inhibition and we ended up spending the entire night around the table, drinking, recalling memories, and laughing.
That night, there was a beautiful moon in the sky that reminded me of Alice in Wonderland Cheshire cat’s smile. It was one of my Mom’s favorite characters and I knew that, in some way, she was trying to tell me to keep smiling and living life to its fullest. On my worst day ever I was grateful for Life.
When I go through a hard time, I take a moment to stop and reflect upon the incredible gifts I have been blessed with: a healthy body, food on my table, loving friends, a boundless creativity, the possibility to follow my dreams, traveling around the world, meeting extraordinary people, the Nature I’m surrounded by and the all the feelings I experience while I’m connected to all of these . I am grateful for my Life and I’m grateful to be Alive.
These thoughts create a powerful energy within me that reflects on my outer world and bring in even more happiness. And it’s the little things that make me happy, like driving my convertible car on a sunny day, with a warm breeze blowing in my hair, the music playing out while I’m singing at the top of my lungs. Like flying up and down on a swing like a kid. Like spending a wild night with friends that are like family to me. Like jumping on a plane and flying towards a new destination to explore.
What are you grateful for?
Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.
-Nick Vujicic –
’Til the next one!