“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find the compensation in every disappointment.”
Gratitude took my mother from the deepest grief into happiness. My mother and father fell in love with each other virtually at first sight, and they had the most beautiful love affair and marriage I have ever seen.
When my father died, my mother suffered from enormous grief, because she missed my father so much. But amidst her grief and pain, my mother began to look for things to be grateful for. Other than grateful for all she had received from the decades of love and happiness with my father, she looked for things to be grateful for in the future.
The first thing she found to be grateful for was that now she could travel. Traveling was something my mother had always wanted to do but didn’t do when my father was alive, because he never wanted to travel. My mother did fulfill her dream; she traveled, and she did many other things that she had always wanted to do. Gratitude was the bridge that took my mother out of immense grief and into building a new life of happiness.
It’s impossible to feel sad or have any negative feeling when you’re grateful. If you’re in the midst of a difficult situation, look for something to be grateful for. When you find one thing, then look for another, and then another, because every single thing you find to be grateful for changes the situation. Gratitude is the bridge from negative feelings to harnessing the force of love.
Hence, “Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic !!“