Gratitude is tricky. Society teaches that we should want. We should want a bigger house, a better car, more money. But the secret to manifesting what you want is gratitude. Being grateful for what you already have.
How can I be grateful for what I already have? I am not where I thought I would be in my life. I am starting over again. Growing up I thought I would be married and have children by now, but that hasn’t happened yet. I thought that I would have a successful career but didn’t know what I would be. As a child, I would pretend I was a teacher. Was that because it was something that I was meant to do, or something that I thought I should be since many of my family members were teachers. But I do not currently have a successful career, I am starting a new career path. I know it is a path that I’m meant to follow. Not sure quite yet how all the pieces are coming together, I feel like I’m headed in the right direction, but what do I do while all the pieces come together?
My life is not what I expected, but it is what it is. I can’t change my past, but I can work through it. I can change what I have done in the past that has led me to where I am today. Patience is required, for Spirit doesn’t move as quickly as we would like. There may be other people in play, it is hard to see these changes play out in real time. We want an instantaneous response. But you know what? Life doesn’t work that way. We must fight for what we want, right? Society teaches us to fight for what we want. But what if the reverse is true? What if we are supposed to be grateful for what we have, and trust that what will come to us if it is in our highest and best good.
There was a time when I wouldn’t have been able to think that way, let alone be willing to try it. But there comes a point in life where you’re willing to try anything even the unconventional. So, back to gratitude. Gratitude may seem an unconventional philosophy at first, but it has its virtues. I am grateful that I have a family that is willing to support me as I undergo this new venture in my life. I am grateful that I have friends and family that I can bounce ideas off. I am grateful that I have had so many opportunities in my life, so I have been able to try new things. I am grateful that people have been willing to give me a chance. I am grateful that I can change. I can change my life; I can change my perspective. I can change my life.
Only I can change my life. No one else can do it for me. No matter how much I wish I could blame other people for where I am in my life, it is all me. The choices that I made. The paths that I’ve taken have led me to this moment. I am grateful that I can see my life for what it is. It is a work in progress, and I have a choice to make. What do I want my life to look like five years in the future? I want to be happy in both my personal life and my career path. So, today I am grateful that I can make a change and take a different path.