Excerpt of Principle 6: An Attitude of Gratitude
“My mom and I were so happy, and as we traveled to the hospital she told me how much it scared her to see my dad get so sick. We knew that Lupus had the potential to be fatal, but that was the exception and not the rule. Although it was definitely taking a toll on him, Dad had only been living with Lupus for four years.
My parents made so many exciting plans for their future once they owned their time and did not have to punch a clock at work anymore. After they retired, they planned to settle into their new home in South Carolina and finally do some traveling. One of their biggest dreams was to catch a flight, and finally visit a Caribbean island, like the beautiful, all-inclusive resorts in the vacation brochures, that make you want to jump right into the picture. As long as my father stayed healthy enough to keep moving, they were going to live it up after all their years of hard work.
Mom and I walked into the hospital, only stopping to get a visitor’s pass. We stepped off the elevator on the 4th floor and headed towards Dad’s room, giving a wave hello to the nurse’s at the station as we walked by. It was a normal day of business as usual, and everything seemed peaceful and in order on that floor. Dad was not in the ICU or any special unit. He had a regular room all to himself with no need for monitors or funky tubes to aid in his recovery. He was starting to feel better already and it looked like he would be going home soon.”
In Everything Give Thanks
There will inevitably be moments in our lives that rock our world, causing us to get a grip on life and appreciate the things that are most important. Even through pain and sorrow, there is an opportunity to shift your attitude to a place of gratitude. Focusing on the positive is a healing mechanism that wards off sadness that can lead to depression. We make the decision to wallow in grief or find ways to pick ourselves up and adjust our eyes to see the rainbow that is always present after the rain. In Principle 6, we will look at the power that lies in adapting an attitude of gratitude, even when it hurts.