What is gratitude? It is a way of looking at things: if you don’t know what it is to be homeless, remember to be grateful to have a roof, to know where you will sleep, even if the home isn’t spotless and tidy. If you don’t know what it is to be bedridden, be grateful for being able to take a walk outside even if it is windy and people are grumpy on the road. And if you are too sick to go outside, remember that you can enjoy the beauty laying outside your windows, and notice the little details that make life tell you the seasons.

There is always a silver lining to every situation. When something goes wrong, let us think about what it is teaching us so that we can change it the next time it will surface. An obstacle is an opportunity, not a curse. We shouldn’t be always noticing what is broken, who got this wrong and what needs to be done or what is missing in our lives. Let us teach our children that there is a blessing in every situation even if it is hidden from our sight. They will play looking for it and be rewarded when they realize how a bad situation turned into a blessing.


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French blogger in the US writes on cultural differences, disabilities, religion, social media and politics.

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