Greetings Fellow Followers!
Reading Inspirational stories about the trials and tribulations of others is one thing- finding gratitude in your own struggles and sufferings is another. It’s easy to appreciate and applaud the courage of others who’ve defeated their pain to find beauty and meaning- but it can be much harder when it’s our turn to rise above.
So what can we learn from others’ experiences? How can we adapt their lessons to our own lives?
Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher authors of the book “Learning to dance in the rain” give a few tips that may be considered “dance lessons” for the storms that will sooner or later blow into your life.
- Begin by being thankful for what didn’t happen (i.e. you lost your job…but you didn’t lose your health. Your dog died… but your spouse didn’t. Your mother has Alzheimer’s disease but your father doesn’t)
- Play the glad game or make a gratitude list. The glad game helps you focus on what’s right in your world today instead of what’s wrong. It’s a terrific way to change your attitude in a hurry. Make a list of the things you are grateful for and glad to have. For example: I’m glad I have you as a mom, I’m grateful I have healthy children, I’m glad I have reliable transportation.
- Practice forgiveness– let go of resentment. Someone wise once said, “Holding onto resentment is like swallowing poison, and hoping the other person will die” Resentment doesn’t hurt the person you’re angry at- it hurts you.
- Look for the lesson in every experience-then move on.
- Make gratitude a habit
- Teach others how to be grateful- its contagious, you can catch it from others and they can catch it from you. Teach gratitude to others by living it not just scolding people for not being more grateful.
Remember if other people have learned to dance in the rain, so can YOU!