Living From a Place of Gratitude–No Matter What

Operate from a place of gratitude, positivity and selflessness. There is always something to be grateful for. I look at each experience in life as a chance to learn and grow as a person. I am known for taking a day-old batch of lemons and making a kick-butt pitcher of lemonade to share with everyone around me.

I work hard to find the positive aspects from each experience that life throws my way. In 2004, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and I’ve since learned to appreciate the little things in life. You won’t find me complaining about doing the dishes because the reality is there may be a day when this task proves to be physically difficult for me. I don’t dwell on my diagnosis because I believe that negativity breeds more negativity. I’ve learned to appreciate each day and I never take my health for granted.

I strive to stay positive and to have an “attitude of gratitude”. About five years ago, I met a woman who had just experienced every mother’s worst nightmare when her two-year old son was hit and killed by a car. Just a week after his passing, she said, “I am thankful that I was able to be home with him for those two years of his life.”

In the midst of her deep despair and heartbreak, she was able to find something to be grateful for. I left that day with such a deep respect for this woman and the way she was choosing to cope with her loss. She was remembering the positives and living in gratitude.

Life is like a needlepoint picture. If you are looking at the needlepoint from one angle, you will see a mess of strings and knots. If you change your perspective by flipping the needlepoint over, you will see a beautiful picture….Continue reading at

Tina Swithin is the author of One Mom’s Battle and an advocate for change in the US family court system.

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Candy Harrison
Candace H4 years ago

Great article - Well said!

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T4 years ago

Thank you..

Leila Mota
Leila Mota4 years ago

This is a great article, thank you! I like to think that I try to act the same (being grateful), but I'm not so sure I'm so successful. I can't say that I've been in a situation even close to the writer or the mother she talks about, and even if I were, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have their courage. Yes, I believe it takes a lot of courage to face life when something very bad happens to us, and I think they are special, kind, generous persons, and very, very strong, to be able to deal with tragedy and keep going. Not just that, they fight and help people with their examples. That's just amazing. I'm not able to do that.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Gratitude attitude....amen. Speak what is so and leave out the 'nots' in the conversation.

Marianne B.
Marianne B4 years ago

As my mother would say growing up, there is always someone worse off and hurting more than you. Truer words were never spoken. Thanks for sharing.

John B.
John B4 years ago

Thanks Gail for sharing.

Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

Great article, Gail. Thanks for sharing.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Zee Kallah
Helen Porter4 years ago

That's part of the faith prayer I like to pray.

1. visualize what I want NOT what I don't want

2. use all five senses with emotion as I visualize

3. feel the emotion I would feel if I received my request
right now

4. give Creator thanks and praise right now

Works for me!