The Word of the Day

Summer Roots

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough & more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. (Melodie Beattie)

When I woke up this morning, something incredibly important dawned on me. It was a sweet moment of clarity, which surprised me because I hadn't even had my cup of coffe. As I showered, got dressed and prepared for my day, I let this thought bounce around my mind. The thought finally settled into my heart.

When times get tough, gratitude puts life into perspective.

So, the word of the day is {gratitude}.

It should probably be the word of the year, but it feels more reasonable to start with today. Even though I've found myself in frustrating, challenging and even heartbreaking circumstances, my life is full.

I have a lot to be grateful for, even on my darkest days. Rather than spend energy on concerns outside of my control, I'm choosing to  focus on gratitude.

PS. I'm honored & excited to be a Summer Tribe contributor over at Jenn Gibson's inspiring website, Roots of She. Please stop by today to check out my first post!

Image Credit: Under the Sun by Miyukiutada