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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Gratitude-BFF 170

Gratitude is the BFF Prompt in my writing group today. The definition of gratitude in the wikipeda dictionary is: Thankfulness, being grateful for what you have or have been given.


I know that in my own life that when I feel grateful, I am blessed with more and more. My father John Rogers used to tell my siblings and I that if you have a grateful heart, your life with be abundant in all ways spiritual. I used to shrug that off as a kid, but I now know and feel the wisdom behind this statement. 


I guess most people that know me and my family know that life has not always been a bowl of cherries. Yet I look upon the hardships my family has endured and know without a doubt, that those hardships made me ever more grateful for all that I have. 


Life and our attitude towards it, belongs to each one of us. I believe that no one has a perfect life especially as a psychotherapist by trade. I believe part of life is to endure pain. It is what we do with that pain that molds us and makes us better or bitter. I always know that someone has it far worse than I do. How I react to that pain is what separates the grateful heart from the bitter heart. 


My love for life is big. I know without a doubt that being and holding my gratefulness in my heart has made my life full. I am not rich by our cultures standards, but I am happy and grateful. I have a lovely home in Minnetonka, two amazing children, a twin sister that survived lung cancer and lives with me and raises my children with me, an amazing career working with homeless at risk families  and abundant love in my life. 


Yes, life is good and I am grateful

8 comments:

  1. Yes, I would say life is pretty good. Congrats!

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  2. Very nice take on gratitude and I agree with you that it's what we do with our pain that makes us grateful or bitter. I'm so very glad your twin sister survived lung cancer. You just don't hear that story very often. Yay!

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  3. Laura, what a beautiful write up on gratitude. Our dad sure did teach us some important life lessons. We didn't always agree with him when we were teens but it's funny how you take so many lessons from parents as you get older. We have a charmed life because we have all we need. I love living with you and raising your beautiful children together. What more could I ask for?

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    1. ^^^Hee hee ^^^ I think Linda commandeered your blog.

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    2. Ha Darlene,
      Linda wondered what was going on and I said, I think your logged in as me. Oh well. Such as life.....

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  4. Very inspiring post. "holding my gratefulness in my heart" - lovely way to describe it.

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  5. God's Word tells us to be grateful in all situations. Sometimes that is so hard, but so many blessings await when we are grateful. Wonderful blog, Laura. I'm grateful for Linda's life too.

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  6. This is really a lovely post!! Sometimes it is hard to be grateful when times are tough, so then I just try to be grateful to have survived.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

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