Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ― William Arthur Ward
Have you ever had a day, week, or even a year, that is just flat out difficult? Maybe it’s a relationship that is tenaciously unstable, an illness or injury that continues on and on despite your best efforts at creating health, or financial circumstances that continue to spiral downward with no relief in sight. In a word, life is not behaving in a way you expected it to. The question is actually meant to be rhetorical. It is no surprise that everyone of us have faced difficult circumstances at numerous times in our lives, and I would bet that we will continue doing so until the day we die. No matter what anyone might tell you, this is life in all of its glorious imperfections. Right now I am struggling with a back injury that stubbornly refuses to heal. I have found that I can rail against life, be miserable to everyone around me or wallow in self pity. I am no saint, and I have done every one of those things in turn. But, in the midst of this difficulty I realize I have a choice to make. Maybe I have little say in whether or not I will get better, but I do have a choice in how I will respond to this difficult challenge in my life. More and more these days, I am choosing gratitude and thankfulness. It has been transforming. Gratitude and thankfulness has helped to take the focus off what I don’t have and put it squarely on the many blessings I do, and they are many.
No matter the difficulty you face today, count your blessings and see for yourself if those difficulties begin to lose a bit of prominence. No, the problem might not necessarily go away, but your capability to deal with it will be greatly enhanced. Today’s recipe, Warm Spinach, Caramelized Red Onion and Gorgonzola Salad is one I could eat every night of the week and be heartily satisfied. I love the sweet, tangy, crunchy mixture that lingers on my tastebuds and am always a bit sad when that last bite is taken. This is a dish, you will have a hard time sharing, so double the recipe. Or do as I do, and make it when no one else is home, so you get to savor every morsel all to yourself.
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