Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

pexels robert stokoe 1421784“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault

I was inspired this week by a subscriber who shared her story of how gratitude has helped her get through some really tough times.

“In 2015,  I lost my mom, my dad, my mother in law, and my brother within 4 months of each other.  Almost one year later my son died of cancer.  He was 30.  My oldest.

“Looking back, I believe I made it through because of family, friends, faith, hope, and a lot of love.  But I came out spiritually stronger and mentally healthy because I made the choice to be grateful.  I was lucky enough to read a book that encouraged me to make the choice repeatedly to see the good.  To be grateful.  I have told so many people, the true secret to happiness is being grateful.  Pure and simple.  During the holidays, or on my son’s birthday, I can feel myself start going down the rabbit hole.  I have learned to schedule something, an activity, that forces me to help others, and focus on others that are hurting.  And I also practice gratitude.  Sometimes I am so sad I have to force myself to repeat all my gifts out loud over and over.  But I am sad less often.  And my lows are not as low.  And I have a lot more Joy.

“Losing my son and all of my parents plus an older brother changed me.  I can’t do anything about that.   I didn’t want their deaths and suffering to be for naught.  I wanted to make sure their loss, especially my sons, made a positive difference in me. So I started a club, a club no one wants to be a part of.  People who have lost their sons. Their daughters. Their husbands. Their dads.  And I call my members, send them cards, emails, etc. to check on them. I have had so many positive, wonderful, unexplainable experiences through all of this. Hearing my son’s voice, smelling my mom’s perfume, … I consider them gifts.

“So gratitude is everything to me.  And I wanted you to know that I get it.”

Not only did she get through her grief using the power of gratitude, but she has also helped many others down a similar path. Thank you, my dear friend, for all that you do to bring joy to others.

If you have experienced the power of gratitude for yourself, don’t keep it a secret. There are others who need to know how it can help. Share!!!

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