Gratitude

Struggles

by Steven (9 years old) July 21st 2006

I had a struggle in my life
and it was hard times for me
but I got through them
cause I gained strength and knowledge
and I can’t help thinking about them

And as my life goes on
I will keep gaining from my family
cause my family gave me support
and they gave me strength
cause they were always there for me
and they gave me love

And when I had the struggles
I tried to break out of it
and eventually I did
and I got to come home
and my family came everyday
to where I was struggling

Because I love them -
they’re always good to me
always there for me
and I love them
cause they’re always kind to me

What we need in this world
is for everyone to be kind
and supportive to others
who are having a hard time
because this is what I learned
because this is what happened to me
and it was a great experience
because I learned to be supportive and kind to others.

We all have experiences in life that give us the opportunity to grow and gain strength from.  Experiences that re-enforce  the love of family and friends, the kindness of strangers, the needs of others, the suffering in the world, and the beauty surrounding us….but not all of us choose to or  perhaps know how to be grateful for these things. 

The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. ~Neale Donald Walsch - Too often I hear others complaining about “what I don’t have” and “if only I had then…” Can you stop right now and think of 5 things for which you are grateful? Your ability to breathe…see…eat…walk…talk…love…appreciate. We all have different abilities - physical, mental, emotional,  spiritual,  but we DO have something, and we have to be able to be grateful for what we have…not what we don’t have. Once you truly take on an attitude of gratitude you will realize you are happy with what you have and who you are, you will appreciate more and you won’t take things for granted.

So let’s focus on all the amazing things we have, realize how fortunate we are, and start each day with an attitude of gratitude!

Happy people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.

Life happens – choose 2bepositive™

xo -kl

 

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