Joe Walsh was spot on with his song, “Life’s Been Good “. I would say, for sure, life’s been good! Except, I guess, for the whole ALS thing, and the golf ball sized kidney stone, that wasn’t much fun. But we are focusing on the good stuff in this blog post. If you listen to the lyrics, they say,
I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do. Life’s been good to me so far.
I think it’s okay to do a little complaining. My blog posts may not show it, but I probably meet my quota on complaints most days. Just ask my kids, I’m sure they would say that I am a complainer. The trick is, to know when to stop your complaining and thank your lucky stars.
I think Lou Gerhig got it right too, when he uttered those now infamous words,
“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.”
Lou Gehrig realized how many good things he had going in his life. It’s all about being grateful for what you have. No matter how little you might think you have going for you, start listing it all and it will add up faster than you might think. Oprah suggests you keep a gratitude journal. Write down something , or a few things, every evening that you were grateful for that day. Gratitude for what you have can change your life. Not just your outlook on life, but your entire life. A Course In Miracles says, a miracle is when a shift in your outlook occurs. That’s how a person, who is supposed to be dying of cancer, can be truly happier than their neighbor who has their health and enough money to last a long lifetime. My outlook has definitely shifted in the last several years. I went from, “Oh no, I have ALS” to, “Yes, I have ALS”, to, “Oh yea, I have ALS”. I consider every single day I am still here a miracle, and try to focus on life and not ALS.
Gratitude is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. What are you grateful for today?