How To Find Gratitude In Having A Tough Life


Many of us have had difficulties in our lives, some not of our own making, but all the same, ours.  We’ve had health problems, family issues, dysfunctional relationships, financial difficulties etc.  You know who you are and what you’ve had.  So when you want to raise the white flag in surrender after you’ve hit the wall crying, “UNCLE!” I understand.  I’ve been there.  When you want to toss your toys from your crib like a toddler with a tantrum, I understand.  I’ve been there.  You may even want to throw a pity party the size of Yankee Stadium,  I understand.  I’ve been there.  When you want to cry, “Why me, Lord?” and fall to you knees, I understand.  I’ve been there.

It’s frustrating.  It’s depressing.  It’s mind-blowing.  It’s all encompassing and exhausting.  You can drag yourself through life feeling overwhelmed and bemoaning your difficult situations as having a tough life.  You can just add up everything and proclaim “I’ve had a hard life” and allow that blanket statement to define you.

Or….you can find gratitude and use your power for good!

You can inspire others to keep shining their heartlights!

What????  Some of you may be asking ~ Has she lost her mind?  Feel gratitude for the poop I’ve endured?  Does she not know what I’ve had to deal with?  Blah Blah Blah…(Insert complaints all around).  I didn’t deserve this, I didn’t ask for it!  I’m not finding the good in the poop, etc.  This was awful.  She doesn’t understand.  Use my power for good?  No way! Etc.

Slow down dearest readers.  Deep breath.  We’ve all gone through hardships, heartaches and endured what we deemed awful.  We can let those things define us or we can define ourselves by what we’ve endured and use our wisdom from living through hell for good and be grateful that our suffering helps others who may be walking similar paths.  We can use our power for good.  We can inspire others and help them when they stumble.  For you are here, right now!  You’ve endured unthinkable things and yet you are still here reading my post!  I’m so proud of you for sticking with this life and continuing on!  (Or have you left and stopped reading?)

Does that make sense to you?  Or do you still think I’m full of hooey?

It’s what I try to do everyday when I write my blog.  I choose to continue to inspire those around me.  So come along, connect with me.  Reach out your hand.  We are a Soul Family.  We are here for each other, to support, to love, to praise, to respect and to find kindness at every turn.  Use your power for good in this world and you will remain happy in this life.  Turn on your heartlights so I can see you!  We learn from each other’s mistakes.  We hold hands and move forward, one baby step at a time. ♥

Shine On!


26 thoughts on “How To Find Gratitude In Having A Tough Life

  1. I haven’t left (life or the blog). The funny things about bad things is that there are often worse things that put the “bad” things in perspective and there are more often than not, good things that take the place of the not-so-good. We can move on.

  2. Great points here. I found myself reflecting on the moments in life that I wanted to quit, or wondered why me? Then the gratitude I have now for those moments because it was in the time of weakness and pain that I found the inspiration to grow, look deeper and become more. I am still on the path of life and still looking for paths toward the positive, in fact much of my blogging is a chance to put my thoughts down in a way that I can understand my own thoughts about things. All of my thoughts are the result of the times where I was overwhelmed, devastated, sad, and challenged. I would not wish the hard times on my worst enemy but I would wish the resulting insight and understanding on everyone.
    Thank you for the thought this morning!

    • I feel much the same way Jonathan. I wouldn’t wish what I’ve endured on anyone, but I’ve found appreciation in what I’ve learned about myself, about life and found inspiration through each experience. Somehow I feel like because we’ve endured, we can inspire because we’ve been there and survived. Does that make sense? You have a great blog ~ very inspirational!

      • I agree completely. Our challenges are all great, and facing them and coming through them more or less intact and in many cases stronger is the treasure I think. I think it is instinct to see someone in pain and want to remove that pain, but it is in these moments others have the opportunity for growth. I am glad for your blog and your presence in the blog community. I am drawn toward positive voices and attitudes because that is what I want to cultivate in my life. You are positive and inspirational. Keep up the great work!!

      • Thank you, I feel the same about your blog! I like inspirational blogs. I like honesty in how we feel too as I think that’s important. I guess I just want to walk next to the hurting soul to be there when/if needed because I think we all deserve that. Have a great day. I’m glad we’ve connected.

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