It’s difficult to remain grateful for the good things in your life when something bad happens.
However, gratitude is one of the most awesome emotions on earth. When you get busy being grateful, there isn’t much room for negativity.
I went through a pretty dark time recently. Still reeling over a dear friend’s suicide, I returned home from a vacation to the worst winter in almost 70 years. It was brutal, and as a self-employed writer, I didn’t have to leave the house, so I didn’t.
I’m an extrovert–I need the company of other people to stay sane and happy. I also live in a city where people habitually overbook and over commit themselves. When you’re sitting alone at home during a dreary winter with only your computer and your cats for company, it can be easy to think your friends don’t care about you. That they’ve abandoned you. When really they’re just preoccupied with other things.
My productivity was in the toilet. I’d abandoned my work in progress. I procrastinated by surfing the web, searching for some sense of connection that eluded me. I had a migraine almost everyday, while the winter raged on, freezing water mains and and burying us in snow.
I heard about this contest. It couldn’t have come at a better time, because the prize was an opportunity to spend two months in Tobago, having a grand adventure and reporting back to the folks at home. This beautiful island would be appealing at any time of year, but in the middle of the winter from hell it was irresistible.
Still, I was tempted to pass it by. A video application? Too much work. How would I muster up the energy when I could barely leave the house?
A voice inside me said that I should give it a try. I emailed a friend to see if he could help me, fully expecting that he would say no and I’d be off the hook. To my surprise, he said yes. And he was super excited about it.
Again and again, the people I asked for help were incredibly generous in their support. Because I’d heard about the contest at the 11th hour, the video shoot had to come together quickly. My friends dropped what was going on in their own lives to help me. I was humbled and completely overwhelmed with gratitude at their generosity.
The amazing location, the wicked production value, and the kickboxing action shots could never have happened without my friends.
So, as much as I’d love to win the contest, it was the process of entering that gave me what I really needed…a reminder to be grateful for everything that is wonderful in my life. My friends are definitely at the top of that list.
What are you grateful for today?
If you’re interested in seeing the final result of our epic video shoot, click here.
This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. If you’d like to see the list of participants, please click here.