Recently I have been coming across a lot of messages about being grateful, appreciating the life we have instead of what we don’t have and learning to trust in the Universe. This has grounded me somewhat and made me realise how much I need to remain in the present and appreciate Life as it is now.
If we really start counting, the vast majority of us do have a lot to be grateful for and things we just take for granted. The very fact that I am typing this on a smartphone speaks volumes about the luxuries of my life that some will never get to experience. It can be truly humbling when I get right down to the details.
That said, a fellow blogger once said we do not have to feel obligated to justify our pain. We all have challenges to deal with. Issues that are beyond our control or simply goals we want to attain but haven’t done so yet. These things may keep us awake at night asking: why me or why does it have to be so hard? Our own life and its challenges are valid and no one gets to diminish the effect it has on us. “Someone else has it worse” doesn’t always work. I know.
But what does work, I find, is to think more in terms of what we do have and how far we have come. Comparing with others even comparing down doesn’t often work because by nature we are very much tuned to our own selves. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Instead, we can tune in positively. We can look at the advantages we have and how we can best thrive on those. We can trust in ourselves and more importantly the Universe, that we will attain all that we want or need when the time is right.
Another blogger recently mentioned: What seems unfair sometimes conspires in our favor and saves us from ourselves.
This had a profound effect on me. What we wish for may not be always the best thing for us (at least not in the timeframe we have in mind). We are simply too unwise to know this. Nothing to do with intelligence, simply our lack of understanding of how life works. Long ago, I had vowed to not try and understand life but to live life. This message reinforced that in me today.
Live not understand.
Just thought I will quietly sneak back into my blog space with a bit of inspiration for everyone. I myself have not been greatly inspired recently to write much (told myself everyone else on WordPress is doing a fine job of it; let’s stick to reading). However, I have shamed myself into getting some writing done (what is the use of having a blog otherwise?!). 2015 is coming along and I reckon I should do something to inspire myself and others into having a better attitude all around about stuff.
Soooo… to start off on a rather-cynical-but-still-optimistic note, 2015 may not start off or pan out the way we all want, but that does not mean Life is bad. There will be good stuff and not-so-great stuff, but nevertheless it’s the stuff of Life and we just gotta roll along with the punches, ya know… Mainly, I am trying to convince myself, actually. 2014 has been better than 2013 and waaay better than 2012 – I will admit that much. So looking at the trend, I’d say things are looking up… Anyway I am not going to get ahead of myself – the ONLY resolution I have is to maintain an attitude of Gratefulness no matter what happens. Easier said than done, trust me. We will see how that goes… More on that next year, folks!
Happy New Year, fellow bloggers and readers! I wish all of you the very best of years and the strength and wisdom to take it all on.
Prayer has been said to have healing effects for people, regardless of their belief or non-belief in God/religion. Many a times a lot of us have prayed for something or the other. We may have been disappointed several times when we have not gotten what we have been asking for, sometimes despite repeated attempts. Dispirited, we may ask – What happened to the power of prayer?
Susan Jeffers, in her book Embracing Uncertainty – Achieving peace of mind as we face the unknown, said that
“We have to learn to pray not with a sense of wishing, hoping, yearning or entitlement, but with a sense of trust, gratitude and purpose.”
In other words, we pray for God to give us the wisdom and strength to accept and handle what Life gives us. She also provided a lovely prayer for us to keep in mind and repeat to ourselves daily.
“Dear God, I trust that no matter what happens in my life, it is for my highest good. And no matter what happens in the lives of those I love, it is for their highest good. From all things you put before us, we shall become stronger and more loving people. I am grateful for all the beauty and opportunity you put into my life. And in all that I do, I shall seek to be a channel for your love.”
This prayer resonates with me and every time I read it to myself, I feel a sense of peace and trust that all is happening for my good – even if it doesn’t seem to be that way at the moment.
Here is to a peaceful and blissful day to all of you