We sometimes have a hard time starting a ritual for being grateful. Here is a great 'How to' on creating a Grateful Ritual!
So that's what I want to reflect on today – some quick reminders about the things you, too, likely forget to say "thank you" for:
"Thank you for life's surprises." – Notice and cherish life's surprises. Just because it's not what you were expecting, doesn't mean it's not everything you've been waiting for. So take a deep breath when you're rejected from something good. It often means you're being redirected to something better. Be patient. Be positive. Keep going.
"Thank you for the truth I deal with every day." – Too many of us prefer gentle lies to hard truths. But make no mistake, in the end it's better to be hurt by the truth than comforted by a lie. And beware of half-truths too – you may have gotten a hold of the wrong half. Open your eyes. You must see things how they are instead of how you hoped, wished or expected them to be. Sometimes it's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to know, but be strong. Life is too short to live a lie.
"Thank you for the tough times that taught me important lessons." – God allows you to experience the low points of life in order to teach you lessons that you could learn no other way.
"Thank you for the challenges I must overcome today." – The brick walls in life are there for a reason. They are not there to keep you out. They are there to give you a chance to show how badly you want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it as badly as you do. They are there to stop the other people. There is absolutely nothing about your present circumstances that prevents you from making progress, one step at a time.
"Thank you for giving me the courage to continue." – Courage isn't having the strength to go on; it's going on even when you don't have strength. And remember, it does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
"Thank you for giving me the strength to smile." – Anyone can be happy sometimes. It takes a human being with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that naturally makes us weep.
"Thank you for the beauty that remains." – Even when times are really tough, don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. By Angel Chernoff