It’s always easy to speak about gratitude, the more you give, the more you’ll receive, you should be grateful for what you have, etc etc. But I’d like to be very honest and say, you can’t be positive and happy and grateful 100% of the time ! I was on a gratitude roller coaster and I loved how it made me feel, but I gradually derailed and there was a point where no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t practice gratitude.
I think the main reason was that we need some quality alone time to introspect and be grateful for all the good things in our lives, and the not so good, too. For me, the turning point was when a month after having my second child, I lost my mother in law to cancer. Having two children under two to care for, the responsibility of an entire household and the grief that comes with losing a loved one just threw me miles away from the gratitude party. I wasn’t myself after just having a cesarean and recovering, had a baby constantly (it felt like it was 24/7 at the time) latched on, I had body image issues because I’d gained so much weight, the list is pretty much endless.
I just couldn’t practice gratitude! And I was a fan of The Secret and The Magic and I used to do my gratitude journal first thing in the morning, and it worked for me. But, where I was now, it just didn’t make any sense anymore. I tried to practice gratitude but it was of no use, and I realised that sometimes, it’s okay to just let go. It’s okay to not be a 100% version of yourself. Because, although it’s not easy to understand and come to terms with it, you have to feel that low in life to rise back up. There are instances in life when rather than following a certain path and way of life, you just have to let it all go and trust where life is taking you.
So, if today, life isn’t working out for you in any way and you could use a little help, just know that it’s okay and it will get better! Just take a deep breath and believe in yourself, because you’re a fighter and you’re stronger than whatever you’re going through ! Have faith in the higher powers and know that He is looking out for you, today and always ! And if you need, ask for help, reach out, be it just talking about it, getting a shoulder to cry on or even reaching out for support ! Remember, it’s okay and you’ve got this ! ❤️