Disappointments should not overshadow being grateful

“Sometimes we feel that if everything isn’t perfect, we cannot be grateful for anything. We easily fall into all-or-nothing thinking. When we do, we miss the sunrise and the other forms of goodness that surrounds us.”Anne Wilson Schaef

Far too often, the plans we conceive in our head never fully materialize the way we hope and dream. This leads to disappointment rather than fulfillment, and soon what once was thought to be a good idea feels more like a mistake.

It’s during these times when our behaviors drastically change. We’re frustrated and saddened and it’s often difficult to be grateful when all you see are a constant stream of disappointments.

My wife and I moved to Colorado a little over two years ago now, and truthfully, everything hasn’t fully materialized the way we hoped and dreamed. However, today I came across this profound quote by author Paulo Coelho, which certainly has helped me put things into perspective.

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”

We must understand that in life, there are no perfect plans. Even the most well thought out decisions have unforeseen risks.

But while you may not always be satisfied with your decisions, or the way your plan has come to fruition, be grateful for the life you have right here and now.

Don’t allow yourself to be blinded by disappointments. Accept them, know that you can always make a change down the line, and be grateful for all the goodness you so often overlook.