By Jaime Willis
This is week is all about gratitude.
Some of you may be struggling this week to feel thankful. You may be dealing with financial difficulties, personal set-backs, family drama, loss, or illness. You may wonder what you have to be grateful for as nothing in your life is going as you want. I hear you. It is hard to gather the emotional strength to soldier on and stay positive in tough times.
What can you do to build a grateful heart in the midst of struggle?
First, dig deep and try to find a silver lining in whatever difficulty you are dealing with. When I am struggling and can’t find anything to be positive about, I go back to the basics. As people who know me well know, I am frequently sharing my thanks for flush toilets. Really! There are folks in other parts of the world that don’t have indoor plumbing. I am grateful that no matter what else I may be struggling with in my life, I am not worried about outhouses and chamber pots, because I have flush toilets. My thanksgiving for indoor plumbing may seem silly, but it always helps me put my situation in context — it could be a lot worse.
Second, when you can’t find the strength to grab your own silver lining, lean on your support system. G at Momastery.blogspot.com spoke about this in her blog today, and it was so powerful, I wanted to share with you all:
There is a song by Bebo Norman, called “Borrow Mine.” It is a song he wrote about a conversation heard between two friends; one, who was going through deep personal troubles, told the other, “I just don’t know if I have faith anymore.” The other friend replied by saying, “Then, you can borrow mine. I’ll have enough faith for both of us.”
I am constantly amazed when my friends offer me encouragement and support at just the right time to pick me up. I am so grateful for the love and support of my family and friends, especially in my times of struggle.
Last, I want to share a few songs (below) that help keep my spirits up when I’m feeling low.
I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving!
Hope by Twista featuring Faith Evans
Life Goes On By Chris Kazi Rolle
Things Can Only Get Better By D:ream
Over the Rainbow – What a Wonderful World By Isreal “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole
Thank You By Dido