We have all experienced hard times. Financial concerns, relationship breakdowns, health issues and matters concerning both family and friends.
After my divorce, I certainly found it difficult to see the silver lining in anything. I was in an enforced financial hole, my marriage over and looking forward, all I could see was a lonely future after turning 50.
Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing. I can look back now and realize that I had much to be grateful for. In fact, I firmly believe that coming through hard times can make us better and stronger.
When I was first married, we struggled financially, to the extent of having to sell personal items to simply pay bills. We made it through and became more understanding of those facing hard times financially.
In hard times, your mental health is understandably at its most fragile. As such your outlook on things can be negatively distorted and so it can be difficult to appreciate what you have.
So I thought I would compile a rudimentary list of things that can easily be taken for granted but shouldn't be.
I know that during hard times, not everything in the list may apply to you, but it is important to understand that you only need one thing to be thankful for , to be able to begin a rosier outlook on life.
Things to be thankful for and not taken for granted
Other things to be thankful for
No matter how bad you feel that things are in your life, there is always something for which you can be thankful for. All too often we forget the small things. The freedom to walk along a sandy beach or the opportunity to simply chat with another person.
Obviously this is a far from complete list, but hopefully it gives food for thought and allows you to mentally add to the list with things that you yourself are thankful for.
Divorced and nearly 50 I rediscovered who I was.