Bring More Into Your Life Through Gratitude…

I have recently found myself taking a look at the women around me and have been amazed at their strengths. I am very grateful to be surrounded by women who have faced many hardships in their lives; some have lost children and brothers, while others have lost lovers and companions. Some of these women have been molested or raped, yet all of these women have one thing in common, a resilient spirit. They have been through things which I could never even imagine going through, but all of them somehow face life with a smile and say, “you know it could be much worse”.

A couple of weeks ago I met a friend for dinner and she told me her long term relationship was coming to an end. I felt a sense of sadness for her and asked her if she was ok. Her response was “if the worst that’s happening to me is my relationship ending, I am pretty lucky”. With everything going on in the world I realized how right she was. With all the constant fighting, warzones and natural disasters occurring around the world we need to count our blessings and not put too much focus or energy on things that did not work out the way we expected.

The past few months had been an emotional rollercoaster because of some personal issues I was struggling with. I found myself putting a great deal of thought into what wasn’t working in my life, instead of what was right. It has been a battle and I am finally focusing my thoughts energy and spirit on all that I am blessed with. I am alive; I have an amazing family, beautiful friends and a niece and nephew whom I adore. I have a place to live, food, clothes and shoes (some might say one too many). What I feel most grateful for is the ability to recognize the journey. To understand that at times life is not going to be easy, but that’s what makes it exciting, the unexpected.

Take a look around today and be grateful for at least one thing, anything. If you asked me a couple of months ago to be thankful for something in my life, I would have told you that I had nothing. I realized I had a choice to make, either I could be completely miserable and throw myself a pity party everyday; or I could face life with a smile and know that eventually it would get better. I decided on the latter. My focus has shifted and I am now able to look at life through fresh eyes. Everyday I try to remind myself how lucky I am.

I am very grateful to be working with very strong independent and diverse women through Lipstick and Politics. We have all come from different walks of life with the same vision of strengthening each other and those around us. I am also thankful for all of our readers who give us love and support on a daily basis, we love you.