It is true that gratitude for what we have adds to our level of happiness but what about gratitude for the things we did not achieve. I’m sure everyone has experienced a time in their life when they would have missed out on an opportunity, been rejected for a job or did not successfully attain the heart of another. My Aunt Bernadette always reminds me that when things don’t work out the way we hope, it’s usually because there is something better in the future for us. Looking back on my life, I must say I am extremely thankful for all my failed relationships, all my job rejections as well as all those missed opportunities. These situations, after being examined carefully, held lessons to be learnt and also showed me that those situations and people were not best suited for me. They also helped me to realise and refine what I want most out of life and learn more about myself. I am guilty of spending time focusing on missed opportunities and not seeing the blessing in not accomplishing or attaining them but when I’m blessed with something or someone more suited for me, I usually am thankful that things did not work out.
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation”…Brian Tracy