I'm really glad I have taken this gratitude journey. I think in a few short weeks of doing this project I have learned more about myself and living a grateful life than I have in a long time. Today that knowledge has been put to the test. It came to my attention today that someone in my professional life said untrue things which have had a negative impact at work. If you've followed this blog for a little while, you know that my job outside of Mother and Etsy is teaching dance - which I passionately LOVE doing. However, it seems that just when things get going well with my job, something attempts to tear me down. A work-related project was very disappointing today, too. And this may seem really trivial, but in the 2.5 years that I have been selling on Etsy, I received my first non-positive feedback from a customer today. I've had nothing but positive feedback in the past and have worked very hard to make my wonderful customers happy. However, this customer would like to receive something for next to nothing, and I cannot supply what she wants. Seeing that brown square with a circle inside of it (twice) made my heart fall to the pit of my stomach.
Okay, so the lessons I am learning. There is no room in my life for negativity - none. I cannot be happy unless I give and hold onto love, forgiveness and gratitude. I need to learn from every situation I am in, every challenge I am given, every trial I encounter - big or small. I need to make the proverbial lemonade. I need to remember that other people's choices can have a ripple effect in my life, but that I can control how large the waves get. I can ride those waves or drown in dispair. It's my choice, and even though I'm struggling a little bit, I am trying to be grateful for all I have - the good and the bad. I am also seeing even more clearly the importance of living in a way that only uplifts others. I don't want to be the cause of someone else's hurt.
So today, I'm grateful for the opportunity to come out stronger and better on the other side of trials and challenges. I'm grateful for inspiration from others who have made the negative in life beautiful.
And if you're still reading, I'm grateful for YOU. I am constantly uplifted by my blog readers and appreciate all your sweet comments of encouragement and support. You're the best :). Have a wonderful weekend! Tessa