Gratitude in a Crisis

Gratitude in a Crisis

written by: Ms. Judith Geiger
by: Ms. Judith Geiger
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"Come to the edge," he said.

"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.

"Come to the edge," he said.

"We can't, We will fall!" they responded.

"Come to the edge," he said.

And so they came.

And he pushed them.

And they flew.

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 – 1918)

Fourteen short months ago I woke one morning to discover nothing in my life was the way it had been the day before. So much of what I had come to know and love was gone.

Looking back from a place of grace I know it was as it needed to be. I am reminded of a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt "You must do the things you think you cannot do."

Through this complete transition of my own I have come to understand other women who find themselves on the edge. They are looking over a new horizon with little idea about what is next. Yet, the good news is, they can learn to fly!

One way to begin this journey is to... slow way down. I know you hear this day-after-day, yet how many times have you actually done it? If you are like me, probably not often! Pushing ahead, being busy is such a delightful distraction. Am I right?

With my transition, I took each day as it came without any expectations. Slowly, day-by-day, I began to realize that it made more sense to focus on what I had to be grateful for, than to worry about what might occur. Your mind can play all kinds of tricks on you when you are in a crisis. You play over and over again in your head what might have been or you frantically worry about what might be in your future. Neither of which are helpful in the least.

So at this point you get to choose. Do you choose to be in pain or do you choose to attract into your life the things you want most, such as, joy, love and happiness? If you are like me, you choose happiness. So where do you find happiness in a crisis?

The first step is Gratitude! I believe gratitude is one of the most powerful healing works you can engage in during any crisis.

Gratitude Heals Your Heart, Your Mind and Your Soul.

You might wonder how you begin such gratitude work when your mind is playing that old broken record of doubts, fears and oh poor ME's! Actually it is pretty easy. You start right where you are. You take stock of what actually is rather than what was or might be. Start with the small things like being extra grateful for a hot shower or steaming mug of morning coffee. Being present to all you do can shift your perspective in an instant. You can be present to the birds chirping or the roar of a beautiful fire on a chilly day.

Take a minute or two to believe in you. Know that each day offers you a new opportunity to find more things to be grateful for. I have a big sign that hangs over my computer desk... I read it several times a day. It says "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain." To this I say, YES!!! If we waited for every storm to pass before we enjoyed life...we would never enjoy. Don't allow that to happen to you. Say YES, with me. Yes, you can have the life you want by expressing gratitude one small thing at a time.

  • Here is a simple yet very powerful gratitude exercise for you:

Gratitude: List 10 things in your journal each evening before bed for seven days that you are grateful for. TWIST: Each day you must list different things, so by weeks end you have 70 things you are grateful for. Stop here or continue for a lifetime...you get to choose!

By Coach Judith Geiger