you may be having a really bad day or going through a rough time and it seems like nothing will make it bearable that is until you also experience love or gratitude or connection with others.
One of my greatest flaws is that I tend to overwork. And I’ll tell you right off the bat that as soon as I get into workaholic mode, my relationships suffer.
On the other hand, what’s the first thing I do when I’m feeling low? I look for comfort, guidance, and support from my loved ones.
The trio of love, gratitude, and connection add meaning to life especially during life’s rough patches.
Grow together through love. Care for others and also let yourself be cared for through love. Love is the net that catches you in those moments when you feel like you’re falling apart.
Love nourishes you. Love presents itself through your love for God, your life, your partner, your friends, your loved ones.
Take the moment to notice the great and meaningful things in your life. Find the time to feel gratitude for all that you have in your life such as your loved ones, your experiences, your possessions.
Often it’s so easy to desire more and more or to see only the lack of things. Remember how really blessed your life already is.
Make your gratitude visible. Often when we take things for granted we stop forgetting to remind others just how important they are to us.
Dear reader, I’m grateful for you!
No matter where you’re at in life, learning how to connect with others will probably be one of the most important skills you can have. Every thing in our lives revolves around communicating, team work, feeling emotions, and learning, not by yourself, but with others.
Whether you’re at work or at home, find time and make the effort to nurture your relationships.
As hard as it is to see where someone is coming from, sometimes it’s all about deep listening.
Other times it’s about speaking your truth because no one can read your mind.
Sometimes you think that by speaking up you will anger or distance others. Speaking your truth actually allows for a deeper connection because you share what’s meaningful to you even if it makes you feel vulnerable.
I can’t promise that life gets easier. (Recently, in reflection, I’ve been thinking about how the rough patches in my past were there to prepare me for life’s next set of challenges).
I can tell you, though, that no matter what life throws at you, love, gratitude, and connection help you through any difficult time or situation when you let them be the foundation of your day and your life.