#100happydays – Gratitude, Appreciation & Life…

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”
Melody Beattie

Gratitude is a concept that is pregnant with such beauty and positivity.  It is a concept that expresses thanks, understanding and appreciation.  It is a concept easily applied to virtually everything from connections with others, life in general… well anything really.

I have taken on a challenge set for 100 days to be happy.  The way it is proposed to capture this happy is to post a photo of it.  I am currently at day 15.  This has thus far been an interesting challenge because it has forced me to assess what I deem to be ‘happiness’ and not just content but real and genuine happiness.  I instead have looked at this challenge from the perspective of gratitude.

I am a firm believer in the power of positivity ~ not in a cliche` way, however I live by the belief that the attitude you bring to every aspect of your life will be reflected in the experience and the outcome.

I am not unrealistic.  Life is not a holiday or a dream or any other tacky cliche` catch phrase to try and portray perfection.  Quite the contrary, life is challenging and often that is a very mild description to the preferred colourful adjectives that are probably much better suited.  There are moments in life that are beyond unbearable.  There are moments that feel as though they have crushed your soul and broken you beyond repair.  Times where the clouds fall heavily above you and you are no longer able to see the limitless sky above let alone be able to feel a gratitude for the path that life has veered you down.  But then there are glimpses into amazing possibilities ~ possibilities that are beautiful, full of amazing experiences and moments that create long lasting memories.

For all of the experiences ~ both positive and negative ~ I am grateful. 

I have learned many lessons.  I have learned about myself and about the world around me.  I have learned about my abilities ~ my strengths and weaknesses.  Most importantly I have come to understand that life can break you if you allow it.  Whilst not every experience will provide you gratitude, it is often the lessons that do.

Today I mark the day of conscious change – to spread positivity and happiness through images but also to remind myself to take a moment of each day and glimpse into the power of gratitude…

To find it; To acknowledge it ~ To hold it for that moment in time and allow my soul to be enriched by it…

 ~ F.P