G is for GRATITUDE.
Gratitude is defined as: “Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling, emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.” – Wikipedia
Gratitude is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and our family. In a world where it is socially acceptable to blame all your unhappiness on someone else, and negativity runs rampant, Gratitude is like a beacon in the darkness. We have found that when we get down and embrace the negativity, everything always seems to go downhill and get worse. Now is it really that bad, or are we just perceiving it that way because of our clouded vision? However, if we find something in the situation to be grateful for and look for the positive, things tend to turn around and climb to a better state.
A friend always says: “Even my worst day is fantastic” and that pretty much sums it up for us. If we live each day as if it could be the best day ever, eventually our days will be filled with endless possibilities, hope and happiness. Even on our roughest day, where I am screaming and/or crying, snapping at my children, being unreasonable with my husband and cursing the world; if I can dig myself out of my sad and stressed state, I can see that the same people who drive me crazy, provide me with the greatest joy. I am grateful for them every moment; I am thankful for their unconditional love and appreciate all they teach me. Our gratitude does not end with our family; it extends to the wonderful medical providers and therapists that have blessed our life. It encompasses the awesome staff at my daughter’s school, our extraordinary friends, our church family, my al-anon family; and even the not-so-nice people who cross our path, because they also afford us an opportunity to learn and share the compassion we are so grateful for.
Gratitude “Our Way” is defined as: “An emotion driven state of mind and actions, through the grace of God, that offers an opportunity to simply appreciate all the gifts in our life, and thank all the extraordinary people who help us recognize them.”
Autism Proud – Journey With Us – by Jest Tu Positive by Dorothy Stronglove is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.