Count Your Blessings Not Your Storms

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Photo Credit: flickr.com

Many of us find it hard to stay thankful when we face difficulties. When life knocks you down from all sides, how do you stay thankful? We look at our lives in those moments and there isn’t nothing to be grateful for, all we see are the scars, the pains, the tears, the loneliness, the poverty, the debts and so on. Yet God says in all things, we should give thanks.

I have experienced difficulties too in my life, and I know exactly how it feels, but through practice I have learned to stay grateful, to always count my blessings in those times. Because despite what have been through, I am still alive, sound and healthy, with a family that loves me. You see if you look critically at your life, you will always find many things to be grateful for even when you are facing those storms of life.

Imagine this story that was shared with me; “A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the oak tree’s leaves away. Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark, until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground, while other trees fell all around.

The weary wind gave up and spoke, “How can you still be standing, Mister Oak?” The oak tree said, “I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs, and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger and stronger since my birth. You’ll never touch them, for you see, they are the very deepest part of me. Until today, I was not sure, of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you, I’m so much stronger than I ever knew!”

Like this oak you will realise that the challenges you are facing have exposed you to strengths, ideas, skills, that you didn’t know existed in you before now. Even in your loss, you are always compensated, but you don’t always see this when you focus on the hurts and pains. So be thankful for everything in your life and you will have many more things to be thankful for.

Live your greatest life!

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