“Appreciate life even if it’s not perfect. Happiness is not fulfillment of what we wish for, but an appreciation of what we have.”
Have you ever taken time to reflect on your life and give thanks for where you are and what you have? “You may not be where you want to be, but you can look back and be thankful you’re not where you use to be.” It’s easy to overlook where you are, and the progress you’ve made when you’re always looking ahead. Thankfulness gives you the opportunity to put things in perspective and recognize what you have right before your eyes.
Thankfulness means to be aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful. Having an awareness of what’s right in front of you is not always as simple as it sounds. Think about a time where you felt like you missed an opportunity to really enjoy a moment or experience. When you look back you are often filled with regret and wish you would have enjoyed the moment more. I’ve had that experience a lot of times but this year has taught me the importance of really living in the moment and being thankful for what I have and where I am. I remember growing up I would always talk about how I couldn’t wait to grow up and get my own place and be on my own one day. I now look back at those times and I laugh because I realize if I only knew the level of responsibility I would have as an adult I wouldn’t have been so quick to say all those words and grow up.
I’ve been sharing about my COVID-19 journey in my last four blogs, and I feel like I have gained a whole new perspective on having and attitude of gratitude and being thankful. Being without things for a certain period of time helps you to appreciate life and what you have on a whole new level. After testing positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of June, I’ve finally recovered and tested negative and have reunited with my family. I retested at the doctors office on Wednesday and received my results on Thursday night. I felt nervous and anxious the whole day of being tested but once I received my results all I could say was, “Thank you, Jesus!” Excited, and overwhelmed with thankfulness was my response to those results. I felt like a caged up lion that has been set free.
In the beginning stages I never would have thought that it would have taken me seven weeks to recover. This made me think about why God doesn’t always tell you exactly what or how things are going to happen because, if you knew what was coming maybe you wouldn’t fight as hard or grow through it. I feel like I missed so much time with my family but I also feel like I gained so much more through the process of recovery. I made it my goal to leave quarantine better than I started. I really do feel like a new person, with a greater appreciation for life. I’ve grown so much mentally, emotionally and spiritually during this time that although it felt like a setback, it was really a setup for something greater to be birthed in me.
Looking back on this time it made me think of how God answers prayers but not always in the ways or timing that we expect Him to answer. He doesn’t cause sickness but He can use it to change our lives. This time for me was life changing. Although it was hard and sometimes unbearable it taught me how to have an attitude of gratitude and appreciation for life.
I’m so thankful for God’s provision, grace, rest, peace in my mind and the transformation He has brought in my life. Even during my time in quarantine I was just thankful for everyday that I woke up and had another day of life. It helped me to realize and value every moment and to make most of the time and opportunity I have before me. Think about your life, what is something you appreciate about this season you are in? Being thankful for where you are and what you have will help you to really appreciate the blessings that you have in your life. I hope my experiences and stories over these weeks have encouraged you.
What are some of the things you are thankful for? I would love to hear your testimony of how having an attitude of gratitude has change you. .