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Oct
28

Maintaining Gratitute During Hard Times

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
-Buddha

The decision to practice gratitude is one of the simplest and most significant decisions we can make in improving our personal joy, health, peace, contentment and level of inspiration. Gratitude changes our perspective in life, which in turn, changes our lives.

However, it is important to understand that the practice of gratitude does not require that we ignore or deny true feelings of pain or abandon our human emotions. Even when life is lived with inspiration and the best spiritual intentions, grief, suffering and pain still exist.

On the other hand, experiencing grief, suffering and pain does not require that we abandon gratitude. It is possible to experience pain and gratitude at the same time. It is possible to express gratitude through tears.

Here are 7 ideas to help us maintain gratitude during hard times:

  1. Don’t be afraid to cry. No one likes to cry. But often a good cry leaves us feeling refreshed and clears our perception.
  2. Spend time with people who care about you. Suffering alone can be overwhelming and blinding. Sharing our suffering with others helps us keep a balanced perspective and lessens the pain.
  3. Spend some time alone, too. Quiet, uninterrupted moments of solitude can be calming and can help us build our relationship with God. But, if while alone, you begin feeling overwhelmed or stuck, reach out to a friend.
  4. Write. Writing helps us get a clear picture of any disturbances in our thoughts. It also helps us make conscious choices about where we want to focus our thoughts.
  5. Pray and meditate. Through prayer and meditation, we build our relationship with God and cultivate hope.
  6. Be of service. When we help others, we get out of ourselves.
  7. Seek God’s guidance. Remember that much of our pain comes from a misalignment between our will and the will of God. We are human, and we will find ourselves in conflict with God’s will from time to time. When we find ourselves trying to change things we can not change, latching on to material possessions or living in greed or selfishness, we are often met with pain and misery. But, when we practice aligning our will with God’s will through service, selflessness, prayer and meditation, we will find more joy and contentment.

About the author

Danny

I am Danny Kohn, writer and designer for this site and owner, software engineer and consultant for Inspirations Software Design. My three greatest passions in life are sharing time with my family, software design and sharing inspiration with others. I have the incredible privilege of being able to spend a significant amount of time every day doing each of those three things. I am a single father of Tristen, our 6 year old son. It has been such an incredible joy to watch him grow up and learn so much. Everything he does and says overwhelms me with adoration. We have a wonderful evening ritual of reading books together in a beanbag chair. Nearly every night, we have a laughing attack together. I smile and giggle constantly in his presence and feel truly inspired.

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1 comment

  1. maggy says:

    Thanks my spirit was just uplifted and i am glad to discover this site when i needed words of encouragement . keep me inspired and motivitated to overcome the storm that i am facing .

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