Gratitude in Times of Trouble

There is an idea that gratitude is accessed via abundance. That when our lives are full to bursting, and all the skies blue, hearts leap from throats in joyful exclamation! I find the opposite to be true. The practice of gratitude is something I reach for most in times of trouble. Gratitude practice is like stumbling up my front steps, walking into a dark house, and searching along the wall for the light switch. I know night is all around, but I can change my perspective by turning on a lamp.

In practicing gratitude, I don’t pretend everything is ok. I just remind myself that I will be.

Mary Oliver Quote

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