“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”–Melody Beattie
It’s pretty easy to be grateful when the sails of life are blowing your way. But what about those times when things “appear” not to be working out?
My tact? Say “hallelujah!” anyway.
We, in our limited pea brains, don’t always see the big picture. It’s like standing with your nose against the pointillist painting. It looks like a bunch of dots. But when you step back and look again in gratitude, it becomes Georges Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”
Gail Lynne Goodwin told me a story that illustrates this perfectly. A few months ago, she and a couple friends had a girlfriends’ outing planned. Not sure about all the exciting details, but one of the friends, on the day of, woke up to find her daughter running a fever.
She called Gail whimpering about her bad luck. Gail responded in the way she responds to everything: “That’s fabulous!”
“No, you didn’t hear me,” her girlfriend said. “I’m not going to be able to go today.”
Again, Gail, said, “That’s fabulous!”
She reminded her that she’d been needing some free time to sift through paperwork and that this so-called “setback” provided the perfect opportunity.
Her friend thanked Gail for the reminder and not only did she end up having a delightful day with her daughter, but while cruising the internet, came across the very house she’d been lusting after for three years. This dream house was way more than she felt she could afford, but, on this day, while dealing with the disappointment of thwarted plans, she saw “her house” had gone into foreclosure and was selling for one-quarter the price.
As Gail said, “She now has a contract on her dream home.”
So, no matter what your judgments about your life may be, say, “Hallelujah!”
And be over-the-moon grateful that everything is working out for your good.
Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.