By Bernadette A. Moyer
Every day I start my day with gratitude, first and foremost I am happy to be alive. I am fortunate enough to be healthy and very active. I am surrounded by love, the love of my husband, my family, my friends and my precious Bichon dogs. My home is bright and comfy. Our refrigerator is full and our bills are paid.
In many ways, we have so much! Often I write about loss and pain and disappointment but that seldom is a place that I create for myself. I am a person who has survived much and always appreciated the take away, the lessons learned. My life is rich in both experiences and in lessons learned. I am fortunate to have survived and often thrived in spite of gut wrenching losses. I have always known God.
God is a power source that lives within me; He always has and He always will. My gratitude is for all things that life has afforded me not just the easy happy times but the deepest darkest ones as well. It was in those dark moments that I have been tested and have grown enormously. How could I not be filled with gratitude for that?
At breakfast a good friend brought up the concept of a “gratitude journal” and the positive impact it has on many who use this method to document their appreciation and gratitude. We laughed when I shared, “I have a rock” every day I try and write and every day I write from the same computer. On my mouse pad lives a rock with the word Gratitude written on it. Each day I reflect on all that I am most grateful for and all that I have and appreciate.
For every loss I have endured I have been given something else to take its place. I lost some relationships and gained many others. I am so filled with love and hope and a zest for life. I am a willing learner and open to others who differ in their point of view and perspective. I have peace in my heart in knowing that win or lose, positive or negative outcome that I did the best I could with what I had and what I knew at that time.
My gratitude is also a gift of where I am in my life and in my age. I have known so much love and I have experienced the greatest sense of joy. In order to appreciate up, you have to know down. I have known both on a deeply personal level.
I love to write and I love to connect with my readers and I am always filled with gratitude when someone reads my written words. When I choose to view my life and this world through the lenses of gratitude then my focus is not about what I don’t have but rather all the many gifts afforded me.
So … where I don’t keep a gratitude journal or gratitude diary I do reflect daily on my rock and its written message of Gratitude. Think about all that you have rather than all that you don’t have and life is so much happier.
Today I am here, I am living and doing the things I enjoy, and I am writing to you my readers and it is truly with heartfelt gratitude …