You’ve heard about it, read about it, and may have even practiced it. And, often, when we need it the most, it’s the hardest to process. What am I talking about?
As a Professional Speaker, it is often the topic of my speeches. I believe in it so much that I actually created a Gratitude Journal and Gratitude Cards. It’s a powerful technique, yet we often dismiss it or fail to take the time to put it into practice – especially when we are facing some of life’s toughest challenges. Sometimes it’s hard to be grateful for what we have when our life is falling apart around us.
That’s why I’m dedicating this blog to my niece, Jennifer. The photo you see here was taken of her home just a few days ago. Everyone is safe, thank goodness.
As her family huddled together there was nothing they could do as they helplessly watched just about everything they own go up in flames. Later, here are the feelings she expressed:
“The outpouring of care and compassion that was exhibited by my friends, and complete strangers was overwhelming. The first responders were incredible…My family and I (including our dog, Sampson) are safe at my dad’s, and that is ALL that matters…It could have been so much worse. I am humbled by the community’s reaction and immediate willingness to help. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. I cannot BELIEVE how quickly the fire spread as we watched helplessly. And now a new day………blessed.
I just hope I can find the gratitude and strength and peacefulness in my heart the next time I face one of life’s great challenges. I hope I will remember my niece’s courage and be inspired by it.
And now, please excuse me as I head to Target to buy more fire extinguishers. This one hit too close to home and I plan on being better prepared than I am right now.