thank.ful (thangk-fuhl), adj. feeling or expressing gratitude or appreciation
You know when life comes at you and practically knocks you off your feet? Oh, it was one of those weeks for me that brought me to my knees! Uggh!
In an effort to pull myself together, I forced myself to once again physically write out all the things I am thankful for, that silly little exercise that I work hard to cultivate as a habit. It took a couple of hours, but I needed that time to still my soul and focus on all of the blessings in my life. While I couldn't make the problems themselves go away, they lost their all-consuming power.
This is definitely not an easy thing to do when life is out of sorts, but I'm convinced more than ever that it is worth the effort! We can train ourselves to take on the emotion of gratitude. With enough practice it can become a mood, and then a trait. It's a remarkable idea.
Someday we will see the whole picture and understand the whys in life.