There was one word in particular that she would spell incorrectly and that was video. She would often spell it V-I-E-D-O, and no matter how many times I tried to “help” her remember how to spell the word, it didn’t help. So, I’d continue being irritated about it, or making fun of her inability to spell words correctly. (Again, not proud of this.)
Then, one day, I discovered that she had met someone else and wanted out of our marriage. I was devastated and hoped that we’d find our way back together. (We didn’t.)
As I stood alone in what had been our apartment, I would have given anything to get another “love note” from her...and my heart flooded with gratitude for all of those cards and notes that she had written to me over the years, misspellings and all! I would have given anything to have received just one more note from her that had “VIEDO” written on it.
Gratitude is Powerful
It’s no secret that people who are truly grateful live longer and have happier, more successful lives. It’s also no secret that being grateful in today’s world is not easy, is it? The bills keep coming. People are ruder, more self-centered and indifferent. Your boss never seems happy with what you do. Your kids never seem happy with what you do. Your spouse never seems ... nevermind, we won’t go there.
Yet, what I discovered is that, if we’re open to it, life has a way of using all of our experiences for the greater good. The bills keep you focused on the importance of showing up to work. Your lousy boss gives you an example of what not to be like (or tons of material if you end up being a speaker one day.) Your kids and spouse remind you that love is a two-way street, especially when you don’t feel like it is.
In other words, no matter where we are, there is always something we can be grateful for...and that is a good thing.
Now that it’s been almost a decade since my divorce and my “VIEDO” epiphany, I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and continue to learn from that season of my life.
- I learned that GRACE is one of the most generous gifts I can offer others.
- I learned that even when life doesn’t turn out as I expected, I’m HAPPIEST when I’m grateful for what I have been given.
- I learned to EMBRACE and CELEBRATE our differences, more than finding fault with them.
- And...when I’ve forgotten all of the above, there’s always time for me to stop and choose to be grateful.
Lastly, I’m grateful that you choose to spend a little part of your day reading these posts.
What are you grateful for?