Each of us has the power within us to lift ourselves above the story of our lives.
The two essential ingredients to being able to do so is that we must remember that
it is only a story and that we do have the power. The power is there for us to draw
on and it is absolute. But, like everything else in life, it takes a combination
of desire, choice and then effort to take the steps necessary to walk free of darkness
and step into the light.
The greatest attitude of all is gratitude. If we can find the strength and understanding
within ourselves to be truly grateful for the 'bad' as well as the 'good' things
- both relative terms - then we have one of the keys to walking with the gods.
The above are paraphrases from Annalee Skarin’s books. The following is my own personal
note about gratitude.
Even though I read those lines about gratitude many years ago, I just didn’t get
it for the longest time. Some sorrow or heartache or financial problem would come
my way and I would think, “How am I supposed to be thankful for this?” At those
times I would stop focusing on the current set of woes and undertake a mental recitation
of what I could be thankful for and found that, while the circumstances didn’t change,
my attitude did.
Now I understand that we can honestly be grateful for the woes in our life simply
because it is the woes of life, along with the joys, that mould us into the person
we are. Each dark circumstance in our life asks the question, “What are you going
to do?” It is our own personal answer to that question that determines the future
quality of our life. We can choose to be defeated, to lie down and die, or we can
make the choice to stand tall and exercise an attitude of gratitude.