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Choosing to See the Light - Living in Gratitude

Over the last few months I have suffered through several losses. Of lives and relationships. During these circumstances I was uplifted and supported by our tribe. I am grateful to know there is a Dream Queen Tribe that I can depend on to assist through this process. I want to make sure we are growing and getting the work done even if I can’t do it myself. When I think about the circumstances that I have been faced with I know that others are having similar experiences. The issues I face are common for all our lives. What I have learned and would like to share with you is how I have found my way through it all. I have made the choice to see everything in my life that I am grateful for instead of focusing on the losses. I am grateful for the support I’ve received from my friends and family. I am grateful to our tribe of volunteers who have not only assisted me but uplifted me.

The most significant loss was of my Aunt Betty. She was such a special person and I truly enjoyed talking to her. I used to call her when I needed to talk, and she always listened and prayed with me. She was a giving and grateful person. On her last days during a conversation she told me everything she is grateful for. She never asked why me or lost her positivity. She found gratitude in the darkest days of her life. She left this world in peace. I want to live by her example and never sit in my negativity. I want to appreciate everything I have no matter how insignificant it may be.

Our final conversation had a lasting effect on my and my perspectives and I hope that her grace in her last days will help others to see beyond their circumstances and make the decision to be grateful. I have worked to change the way I talk to myself and to live in a space of gratitude. She brought this skill I am working on to life in a profound way. When the days are dark and I am in a negative head space I begin small with what I am grateful for from the food on my plate, to running water, to the roof over my head. Soon my mood is lifted, and I can move forward with grace.

This process of living a life in gratitude is tough. It’s hard to be present with those we love especially since we are attached to our phones. I challenge you to put your phone down, call someone and tell them how much you appreciate them, look around your surroundings and find what you are grateful for, and listen to your internal monologue to work on changing the way you talk to yourself. You will find your mind becomes at ease, the challenges seem less devastating, and you will create joy within yourself.

Thank you all for reading and listening and growing with us. We are all works in progress and whole and complete. Everyday we can choose to be a better version of ourselves. When we lead by example, we spread positivity in each other’s lives. What a wonderful way to live.

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