Recently I went on holidays to the beach and had the most devine holiday. It was the same as our previous holidays, we did similar activities but somehow it was different. Always the researcher I was fascinated with why this holiday felt so different. For the first time I felt content. This is a big emotion for me because it was common for feelings of loss, loneliness and yearning to be ever-present especially on holidays. This holiday I felt content – in my own skin, in my surroundings and on my own. I had let go of feelings of loneliness and replaced them with feelings of intense gratitude.
Instead of concentrating on the negative thoughts in my mind I turned the picture around and concentrated on the pure beauty of the ocean, the feeling of warm sand on my feet, the time I had to read a book, time to do puzzles with my children, go on rides, and time to be still.
The circumstances and location had stayed the same but my attitude changed. Appreciating everything that I had to be grateful for turned on a light and helped me see what had been right in front of me all along. I have always loved holidays at the beach but this feeling of contentment is one I want to keep forever.
“Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.” ~ Author Unknown