It's Thanksgiving. A day dedicated to giving thanks and showing gratitude. A day that gives us an incredible opportunity to reflect back on the year gone by. A day like today - as we sit with our family and friends - it's easy to point to the things that make us grateful. Love. Health. Happiness. Friendships.
Unfortunately - Thanksgiving only comes around once a year and many times, gratitude remains elusive. When shit hits the fan - as it always does - one of the last feelings to come is that of thankfulness. It's hard to be grateful when your world is crashing down all around you. But that's when we need the strength, optimism and perspective to get through the hell. When thankfulness is needed most - it's the most distant.
What's to do?
Instead of looking at the "why this? why now? why me?" as a bad thing...be grateful for it. Take this incredible opportunity to be grateful for the life you already have. Do you have somewhere comfy to sleep at night? Do you have the means to leave your home, travel safely to a job, feed yourself, drink clean water...the list goes on! Once you've understood that where you are is exactly where you are meant to be at this moment in your life, it is then and only then that you can begin to fuel your fire to develop into the next best version of yourself.
It all starts with gratitude.
"Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can." - Dalai Lama