BBETTERDAILY Nov. 29, 2013

“Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” -Steve Maraboli
I know it can be easier said than done to see the silver lining in all situations. Have you ever been through something that seemed to be “the last thing you need right now.” What happened? You pushed forward and went on living anyway, and just handled the situation as best you could. Sometimes the event could be life changing, but most times it’s not. Either way, you must know that everything truly does happen for a reason. You also need to know that not only is it essential to your journey, but it’s purpose is bigger than you. If you don’t know John Walsh’s story, look it up. He had is world rocked (in the eyes of the public at that) and the ultimate outcome of his tragedy was something magnificent for all of society. Once you are able to get past your misfortune(s), you can use your experience to lift you and others to new heights. Be grateful, even for the hard lessons. When you can look a life this way, it is difficult to get depressed or find yourself in a slump because now you are looking for what it is you can do with that experience to educate, improve, or support other people or a cause. Use the energy and emotion you feel when you think of the circumstances to create a way to help others avoid or deal with similar devastation. Be grateful to have survived and be able to increase your life and others because of having had the experience.