If we all promised ourselves to be grateful each day for all that we had, and all that we were given life would seem so much easier. This was a promise that I made to myself five years ago, and my world has never been the same. I was lying in my hospital bed after three failed brain surgeries that were supposed to stop me from having seizures. As the doctors came in, and told me the news, as you could imagine, I was devastated. I’d come this far to now learn that surgeries that I wanted would not be successful, and I would be stuck living with seizures for the rest of my life, how can this happen? I don’t want this?!
As the weeks drew on, I began to see small changes. I was experiencing more mental focus, and clarity, and perhaps the biggest thing that I saw was that I had more movent in my left arm. I have cerebral palsy, which affects my left arm. This new movement was completely unexpected and surprised not only me and my family but my doctors as well. As I saw these changes, I started to feel differently about the person I once was, so I began to write. What I began to write was a list of 31 promises, all with there own unique significance.
The first promise that I wrote down was to be grateful. I never was grateful for the life that I had, nor for the life that I didn’t have. After this experience, I began to feel an immense sense of gratitude for everything that I had in life, even the beautiful mess of it.
I promised myself from that day forward to look at life as a gift and embrace the good, and the bad, the big and the small, and love every moment of it.
Today promise yourself to look at your life as a gift too, even though it may not be perfect. Embrace the beautiful mess, enjoy the simple things, and say thank you for it all.
Keep on keeping on, and have a great day everyone.
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