An attitude of gratitude.

I was reading blog post from NoPassingFancy about Gratitude Journal Prompts and it got me thinking about gratitude and the gift that it is, I certainly believe that gratitude is a gift of the heart.
I know that over the last few months and indeed for most of this year I have been missing from the blogging scene but I have been busy with lots of personal and some quite distressing things, my Uncle’s death in April, a burglary in May and a house move in August, along with a new relationship, and a couple of visits to my Aunt’s home in Manchester.
Why though would I today write about gratitude or an attitude of gratitude, thinking about it I have many reasons to feel ungrateful or resentful of people and situations, certainly my uncle passing allowed me to spend some time beforehand mending bridges, talking with him into the early hours of the morning, talking about the past and our adventures, holidays and everything that he did for me, it also allowed me to spend time supporting my aunt and see my dad alongside visiting some of my old haunts.
Thinking about being grateful even in our darkest times we can find something to feel grateful for, thinking about the break in, it allowed me to move into a new home, a home that is considerably quieter, more secure, more affordable than my previous home and nearer to my girlfriends by about 10 – 15 minutes walking time.
With it being social housing repairs are carried out quickly, I am part of a community and it has also allowed me to move on from my past relationship, I was living in the home that my partner of over 5 years shared so I now have a chance of a completely new start.

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Life can be unpleasant, seem unfair, be distressing and uncertain, within my own life I have at many times felt that life has been unfair, suffering from feelings of abandonment, dealing with loss at an early age, alcoholism, recklessness and unfair behaviour on others, my motto was very much things are done My Way as the Frank Sinatra hit says, and yes I have had regrets, I have felt pain and anguish, battered and bruised but I am alive to tell the story of my journey through life.
I am grateful today because I am reminded that I am alive, I have survived the difficulties that I have faced and I believe that my experiences have enriched my life and allow me the opportunity of helping others.
I am grateful to the people in my life who have both supported me and others who have hindered me because adversity allows us to grow, how would we know the good if we didn’t experience to some measure the bad.
The Chinese food dish Sweet and Sour reminds us of how well they compliment each other, even though they are opposites.

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If you can’t find something in your life to be grateful for a friend of mine once reminded me of how grateful she was for the person who invented the toothbrush because it allowed her to look after her teeth and show off her smile.

Thank you for everyone who has shared my journey with me and for your thoughts and best wishes and I wish each and every one of you all the best in your continuing journey through life and its twists and turns.

Published by paulguisbournehiltonalifeworthgiving

I am a 56 years old male living for the last 5 years in Pembrokeshire West Wales in the UK. I have entitled this blog along with my Facebook page as A Life worth giving because when I was growing up I was taught that the only way to get on in life was to be selfish, not even sharing sweets, books, pens or anything. I moved into adulthood with very much the same view of life and entered in my teens a life of alcohol dependency, another very selfish trait, my drinking consumed every waking moment and I saw alcohol as both my best friend and worst enemy, the only real positive was that it never let me down. Life changed for me in 1997 in the month of April when I stopped drinking and started to awaken my feelings, I found that I actually enjoyed life, enjoyed feeling although it was hard and left me feeling vulnerable yet today I am at my happiest, in a very loving relationship and life is good. A life worth giving is about my journey through life but also about being selfless and serving others willingly and with an attitude of gratitude.

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