What are you grateful for?
One thing that I want to start doing every 4th Wednesday of the month is a featured Gratitude Post.
This post will be something, someone, or some set of events that have helped shape my life experience and make me the person I am today.
The first Gratitude Post I would like to have here on Three Key Life is this:
In Edinburg, Scotland a little girl was born.
She was brought into this world by a beautiful mother who was facing her own battles. The battles were so severe that she had to give her amazing little girl up for adoption, separating her from her relatives, brothers, sisters, and father.
At that same time there was an American couple who was planning to take a voyage to England and then Scotland for a building mission with the church they belonged to.
The man was an exceptional carpenter, overcoming difficulties in his early life to recognize the gift that he had with his hands.
The woman was sweet-hearted and kind to everyone, overcoming struggles and illnesses of her own to become the woman she was.
Despite finding out the young woman was unable to have children, the couple still wished to raise kids.
So during their time constructing new churches in England and Scotland, they also spent time visiting local orphanages, hoping to find a child who they could love and cherish.
That little girl I spoke of was 2 years old when the couple decided to visit one particular place and saw this little angel for the first time.
They knew immediately that she was the one they were in Scotland to find.
That little girl was my mother, Allison.
That couple was my Grandma Beth and my Grandpa Leith.
This event is the cause for this first gratitude post.
Each Event Changes The Course of the World
This is one of the countless events that made my experience of Life possible.
For this I am thankful.
I’ve spent time thinking about the significance of this event in my life.
I’ve wondered, who would I be, where would I be, what would I be, if that sacred connection was never established, if my Grandma was able to have kids or if my mother was never given up for adoption.
I have no answers for that because this event helped to make me everything I am.
What’s so incredible is that each and every one of us have these unseen set of circumstances that took place and were essential to creating the person we are today.
Think back generations ago when your great great grandma met your great great grandpa, or when your mother met your father.
The set of circumstances can go deep.
My father’s roots run back through the slavery of the south, ultimately beginning in Mother Africa.
As hateful and ignorant as slavery was, it acted as a channel that brought me into this world. If my grandparents on my father’s side didn’t come from these deep roots of slavery in Arkansas and Mississippi, then my father would never have been, and I could never have become me, Jeffon.
Dare I say I am grateful for the set of circumstances that enabled me to take this breath?
I am grateful, but not ignorant.
What about your own life?
What events made you the person you are today?
Think about it.
By spending time reflecting back through our roots we find endless things to be thankful for.
I have to admit that there are plenty of people who’ve told me they have very little to be grateful for.
I think we’ve all known someone who hasn’t been able to forgive a certain person or situation that continues to drain the happiness from them.
I know that I’ve suffered from the bitterness of un-forgiveness. Each time I succumb to that bitterness, I’ve noticed I restrict the natural flow of gratitude by choosing to focus on that which I am not grateful for.
But as I look at the deeper connections of my life, the connections that created my family throughout all of history, the connections that have brought this planet to be, I re-open the doors of gratitude.
Now I recognize there are infinite things that we have to be grateful for.
There are numerous things that we could do to begin creating this gratitude I speak of above.
A few of these things are:
1. Know that you are a product of endless connections throughout time. We are much more than just the offspring of our mothers and fathers, we are from the endless Universe. As we begin to recognize these grateful connections throughout our histories we begin to cultivate endless feelings of gratitude for the whole, gratitude for the Life that supports us.
2. Find ways to forgive people and situations that drain gratitude from your life. We can bring gratitude into our lives by learning the importance of forgiveness. By this I don’t mean turning a blind eye to what happened, but by embracing and knowing that we are not a prisoner of what happened or happens to us. Our greatest struggles can be our greatest stepping stones for growth or they can be shackles that we wear through life.
3. Embrace more of the gratitude and appreciation that people and life have for you. Remind yourself often of the people that care for and appreciate you. Embrace the gratitude and appreciation Life has for you. Honor all that goes into providing you with each moment of the day, feel gratitude.
So my friends, I ask you:
What events are you grateful for that have helped to influence your experience of life?
Let us know in the comments below.
Together we can be the inspiration for one another.
I am grateful for you guys.
Thank you for spending a moment of your day visiting Three Key Life.
Be great today.