Last week I lost a friend of mine after a 10-year battle with cancer.

At the service, everyone kept saying how grateful this woman was for every single day of her life.

She never complained.

She always had a big smile on her face.

And because she was that way, her kids are all that way. They’re so grateful, so mature. They live life to the fullest.

Today I am Grateful

We know there is so much going on right now and it’s so easy to get bogged down in the things that we’re missing, the things that we’re grieving, the things that we’re worried about, the things that we wish were different….and on and on it goes.

Attitude of Gratitude

But at the end of the day, there’s still so much we have to be grateful for. And you never what tomorrow will bring.

I want to remind you that having an attitude of gratitude not only helps you, but it helps everybody else around you. Because you can be that light for other people.

Several years ago, I was at an event and the speaker asked a question that’s stayed with me all this time.

She said, “Imagine if everyone here got a piece of paper and wrote down all their problems. Then each of you put your paper into a bucket in the middle of the room.”

Then she paused and asked the audience, “Now, what if YOU had to randomly draw out somebody else’s problems from the bucket. How willingly would you do that?”

The truth is, I wouldn’t want to do that. Would you? I’d rather just keep my problems!

Look Around You

We all have it really tough. And yes, there are definitely days when I want to have a pity party for my life and the things that I’ve gone through. Losing my husband and then my son to suicide has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure.

But then I look around.

And I see people going through things that are even more challenging, and harder than what I’m going through.

That’s why being mindful of the things you are grateful for every single day is what will not only get you through but will also lift you up.

I Choose Joy

Each morning, ask yourself, ‘how can I live this day to the fullest? How can I be a light for everyone around me?’

Because the young people in your life are watching. They’re taking their cues from you.

When you instill the practice of gratitude in them, you’re setting them up for a life filled with joy.

Vision is Victory,

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