I barely share negative experiences not because of denial of them, I do acknowledge their existence but just because as a person with strong resilience training and developed skills in addition to energy healing & holistic trainings, I’m not an encourager of nurturing the victim archetype through my work.
Nonetheless since gratitude is my subject today, I will share the reason based on a personal experience.
Last night on my way home another driver asleep or drunk (who never stopped the march) was driving on the opposite lane (against the traffic) with the car’s light turned off. After realizing what I had in front of me I tried to pull over my vehicle to the right side but I lost control of my vehicle in the event that to that side of the road there was only slope soil.
I was so scared when felt the right side tires on the air with the attempt of turning my Jeep upside down, indeed I felt about to rollover. With the uncertainty of what was next, I closed my eyes asking God for help.
I thought (from the bottom of my heart) that it would be too hard to get out of this adversity test without physical damage, because a car is material stuff at the end of the road.
Within the darkness around the scene I started to see a blinding light out of nowhere which gave me the strength to get it together with an incredible courage in order to take control of the situation so when I was about to rollover, a supreme force suddenly stopped my Jeep placing back both tires on the ground (and away from the slope soil, I found myself with the vehicle still in march).
I was able to push the brake literally in frozen mode and after calming down because I felt like getting off the car & run away from it…
I started back the engine and kept my way back home (safely).
Incredibly the only damage my car received (so far) was at the left front wheel with some scratches. Which is something replaceable.
Last but not least;
I felt something on the rug around my feet and when looking downwards was the religious scapular of Archangel Michael, Don Roberto (a member of the Sacred Sacrament adoration group) had given me just 24 hours prior to this event at the Chapel where I celebrate mass, and which I posted (practicing gratitud) in my facebook page during Thursday evening.
Here is the only simple damage received to my vehicle.
Now how to make this a Grateful Day✨
Be grateful for your life, because when you woke up not everyone made it this far.
Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all the time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations.
Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful.
I wake up everyday in gratitude to God for another day of life and without covid-19, so what I explained above deepens my gratitude, but humbly I suggest not to wait for something bad to happen in your life in order to be grateful.
Hunt for the good stuff:
This is a resilience skill in which you notice everyday positive experiences or discover something positive through a set back or problem.
Reflect on the positive experiences to think more about and savor the experience.
Journaling exercise to hunt for the good stuff:
Journal to record minimum 3 good things a day…
An objective Example:
- Waking up alive is a gift
- Having food to eat everyday
- Having a source of income to pay your bills and survive
After that, write a reflection of at least one sentence about one or more of the following topics:
A subjective example:
a) Why this good thing happened to me?
In my case because if the good wouldn’t happened to me; I could have been killed or kill someone, which thankfully did not happen.
b) What this good thing means to you?
In my case I felt (and faith here is important) a supreme Divine force taking control of the situation, remember I had asked God for help desperately.
c) What you can do tomorrow to enable more of this good thing?
In my case to avoid during the night that route, which I took to avoid a bunch of stopping lights but is not as illuminated and safe than another route that would take me home.
What way you or others contributed to this good thing?
In my case, I prayed and it evidentially gave good results.
Have a grateful day✨
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.