Gratitude Unlocks The Fullness Of Life
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
I will tell you about a recent incident that happened to me… and how by consciously adopting and implementing an attitude of gratitude greatly transformed the entire situation, and made it an experience worth living/very fulfilling and productive—amidst the challenges that preceded the circumstances.
Recently, we had booked a return journey to Dublin—Ireland, for a family vacation. We were supposed to travel by air very early in the morning for our outbound journey (which was a 55 minutes journey), so we could have enough time to pick up our hired car, drive to our hotel, check in, explore the city, and rest.
Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances and inappropriate planning, we finally arrived at our departure gate a minute after the final boarding call was done… only to be told our plane is ready for takeoff, and the gate was now closed—so they could no longer board us!
We were absolutely devastated! If you have ever travelled with 3 young children, including a 1 year old baby; then, you would understand the logistics involved when travelling with young ones by air! It has been a long and stressful process from arrival, to check-in /security checks, etc. only to finally arrive at the gate to be told we missed our flight, and couldn’t travel!
My husband and I were so upset, while our daughter and son thought it was funny— that is the beauty and innocence of children. We were then told we would have to take the next flight which was due in 4 hours, and then escorted by the security team through another route to the main departure terminal for a complete start over again!
Now back at the departure desk, I went on to enquire about the time and cost of the next flight to Dublin. To my greatest surprise and disappointment, the flight that was due in 4 hours was fully booked, making it practically impossible for us to depart within the next 4 hours. The only option given to us was to wait for the subsequent flight which still had some availability and was due in 11 hours! I stood there astounded, yet determined not to give up, but to find a solution. Now, with a solution-focused mindset, I suddenly remembered that it was possible to also travel to Dublin via the train/ ferry line—and this created a spark of hope and determination again within me. Everything was eventually sorted out, and we were scheduled to take the next train from Liverpool within an hour from then, so we could be able to board the ferry to Dublin—which was due to depart within the next 5 hours.
To cut a long story short, I decided to make a very deliberate and conscious decision— that irrespective of all the ups and downs, I was going to remain grateful and focus on all the reasons and things I had to be grateful for—and there were quite a lot! I started off expressing gratitude for being alive and having an amazing health. Then, for having a second chance—to make it right…for another opportunity to still travel to Dublin earlier on that same day.
Finally, on arrival at Dublin; I was so grateful for journey mercies, and for the beautiful scene of nature. I was very grateful that we finally made it at the end, and did not loss everything. I was grateful for the awesome and fabulous quality family time away from every other distraction. In effect, I decided that I was going to make it the best vacation in my life so far! In fact, I became so self-aware and conscious that every moment of my vacation was centered on gratitude and making the best of it. I immediately stopped talking about the past… and began living in the moment, and enjoying every single moment the best I could.
I spent a considerable amount of time also reflecting on my life, and how I could consistently work on developing myself, and living and enjoying life to the fullest—with gratitude, and no regrets whatsoever! At the end of the vacation, I was greatly refreshed, re-energised and restored! Indeed, it was one of my best and quality vacation ever.
I have literally observed and experienced the power of gratitude work miracles both in the lives of close friends, loved ones, and in my life. Gratitude provides you with more fuel and the strength to carryon—to sustain the journey, the healing and restoration process.
Ingratitude will literally rob you from appreciating the amazing little and precious/ priceless things and moments in your life. It will rob you from living in the present and experiencing the many blessings and opportunities that it brings and holds. Therefore, do all in your ability to consciously choose and express gratitude in every given situation
I will greatly recommend you start executing this attitude straight away after reading this (if you have not been doing so yet), by cultivating a daily habit of thanksgiving. Every single morning when you rise up, endeavour to give thanks for the grace to see another new day—find at least 3 things to be grateful for before your feet touch the earth! The fact that you made it to see this day and all the endless opportunities and possibilities it holds, should never be taken for granted—many have not been as privileged and blessed as you are to see this wonderful and glorious day!
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