Gratitude is one of the most powerful transformers in life. Gratitude is not something that should be reserved for the big, happy, momentus moments but something, that if it becomes your default way of seeing the world will change your life beyond all recognition.
Let me ask you a question – Do you believe that you have all the power necessary to change anything in your life within you now?
Do you believe that the universe only has good intentions towards you and that the only thing that is blocking that goodness is your own thoughts – or maybe the right thoughts?
Gratitude is an expression of humility, a recognition that even before we ask – good has been given to us.
I want to share a story with you that shows beyond doubt that developing an attitude of gratitude is transformational beyond belief.
A woman I once knew was at the end of her tether having gone through a very difficult time. It seemed that life just kept relentlessly raining bad stuff at her and she reached the point where she felt she could take no more.
Her 15 year old daughter was brutally raped and as a result suffered badly from PTSD following the extreme horror she had faced. The girl was understandably, emotionally in a very bad place and so this woman took the difficult decision to leave her well paid job as a director to spend time supporting her daughter.
Not long after that, she found out that her husband had been having an affair and being unable to forgive that indiscretion, her marriage ended. With no job, no partner and money going out and none coming in, it wasn’t long before she lost her home and had to move into rented accommodation.
When I spoke with her not long after she moved, it was clear she herself was suffering badly with depression expressing to me through tears that every day was like walking through thick treacle in a grey heavy mist. Every morning she woke up with fear and dread about the next disaster that she was convinced was ready and waiting to pounce on her.
While there, I noticed she had a vast collection of books many of which were about life and how to awaken the giant that is within us all. The next day she picked up one of the books – Spiritual Liberation by Michael Bernard Beckwith.
Reading through the book, she felt for the first time in a long time as if someone had just switched the lights on and slowly, day by day, book by book, page by page – the grey mist started to lift.
In those pages she found hope and she began to understand that the helplessness, fear, anger and overwhelm she had been feeling in her life for so long could all change forever by changing her way of thinking about herself, her life and the world.
She finally saw that maybe, just maybe there was something in this but she still felt overwhelmed and felt she could not take this journey alone. She sought out the support of a coach who worked with her over a six month period to help her believe that she could take small steps and bit by bit her life began to change.
She had found her purpose, her self-respect, her drive and most of all she had rediscovered her love for life which had been battered and hidden from view for so long.
She realised that she had so much to be grateful for and that had always been the case, even in the darkest of times.
One other thing she discovered when working with her coach was her passion and her purpose. When asked by her coach if she could do or be anything in her life what would it be. Her answer – “I want to do what you do. I want to help people who have been where I have been and I want to help them see that they too can lead an exceptional life full of gratitude, purpose and passion”.
Fast forward a few years and this lady is now living in a beautiful home in a stunning location, having retrained as a life coach, she is now doing what she loves – helping people find their path to an abundant and happy life and is earning more money than ever before.
When I asked her what the key was to this transformation she replied with one word – GRATITUDE and it was very clear that developing a constant attitude of gratitude had given her more than she ever dreamed of.
That woman was me. I now look back on the dark times with gratitude – it was my wake up call and without living through that, I would never have come to the place I am in now. The universe sent me a calling card and when I opened my eyes and my mind and started to be grateful for what I did have not worrying and fretting about what I didn’t have – the shift happened.
You might be wondering what happened to my daughter? Well she will graduate from university next year, she is in a happy, loving relationship, has a little part-time job she loves, great friends and a happy mum! For that, I will always be grateful.
I hope you get something from this story as you are not alone, no matter what you are going through, there is a way, there will be sunshine in your life again. Spread the love and share and comment on this post – who knows who it might help.