November is National Gratitude Month. So often we are told that we take things for granted. People say that we can never say thank you enough for all the blessings we receive. However, giving thanks for the good things in life is easy. It doesn’t take much for me to appreciate the meal on my table, my dog, or getting a good grade on an exam. But what about the not so positive things?
I want to take a moment to share a shift in my mindset regarding gratuity that has made waves in changing the way I perceive how things happen to me. When I was younger, I would let any minor inconvenience get the better of me. Negative thoughts would swirl around my mind as I would repeatedly ask myself, “why me?”. As I got older, the obstacles I would encounter weren’t so small anymore, and they began to take a more significant toll on me.
In my sophomore year of high school, I was on a retreat when I heard a peer minister refer to the setbacks we face in life as moments of “character development.” They explained that we should see times of struggle as opportunities to create our own origin stories. To be the hero of our lives. Being a DC and Marvel fanatic, this resonated with me. If obstacles are just opportunities to become better, then it seemed evident to me that I should give thanks for times of adversity.
This dramatic paradigm shift has allowed me to give thanks for virtually everything in my life. In times of both prosperity and hardship, I choose to be grateful. And with gratuity as a choice, it turns into a habit instead of a feeling that comes and goes.
In this week’s #MakeItHappen Monday, try giving thanks for something that you wouldn’t usually be grateful for in your life. As always, let us know how you are having an attitude of gratitude by emailing us at email@example.com or share your story and tag us on social.
Go make it happen,
Stefano & the YTeach Team
“Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger.”
– Author Unknown