I have a bountiful life but it's sometimes hard to see it and to remember how blessed my life really is.
In reading through the stories left on the gratitude giveaway post, it's obvious that there are people who are going through hard times and for whom life is tough.
I think that all of us have times when life is tough...we just don't always know it about the other person. There are times when I thought that a certain person lived a totally charmed life, only to find out that they are going through some really hard times.
For me, the key is to remember what good things are happening at the time, to recount the blessings and to sometimes write them down because that helps imprint them on the brain. But sometimes it's hard to do that because the focus is on life's current challenge. That's one of the reasons I appreciated the stories that were shared on my blog...readers publicly acknowledged and wrote down blessings and good things that happened during rough times.
I came across a quote this summer that I have turned to many times in the last several months and I wanted to share it with you.
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe-
Like the women who took time to acknowledge the generosity of someone in their life, I definitely want to take the time to acknowledge the blessings that God has given me...I have a bountiful life!