Bummers Can Bring Blessings

By Pat Nichol


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As we move toward the final quarter of 2017, it is time to reflect on the changes we have seen and the gifts we have received during the past eight months. What kind of a journey has it been for you?

Honouring the turning of the seasons can be as simple as writing down what we are thankful for. For example, while this past spring brought more rain and chilly weather, the summer brought more flowers, brighter colours and evenings enjoyed outdoors. All we need to do is look around to know we are truly blessed living where we do.
 
At times, it doesn’t feel like all blessings. Sometimes, change can feel like a real bummer, especially when it seems to attack us all at once. A good friend dies, someone dear to us becomes ill or we realize we aren’t 24 anymore. What a shock!
 
Reflect on a moment in life that, at the time, seemed unpleasant and somehow turned out to be a blessing. I’ve had several. At the time, the moment was devastating, yet only months later, I looked back and thought, “thank goodness that happened when it did; it has opened up my life to these new opportunities.”
 
Examine situations, conditions and circumstances in your life you thought were problems or negatives. Now, take the first item on that list and look for the benefits you received. Think about the ways your life is better because of it. When “devastating” moments arise in the future, try to develop an attitude of gratitude, knowing it may actually bring blessings and get you where you need to be.

By simplifying our lives, we have the time and energy to do the things that really matter – and let go of the rest. Let go of old conflicts; establish new routines. Maybe it is time (there will never be a better) to get in touch with your creativity. Create joy in your life and in the lives of those around you. Learn to get rid of things like worry, anger and judgments that get in the way of living well. Open yourself to unlimited possibilities for growth and change.

If you’d like to share the changes in your life, the lessons you’ve learned and the gratitude you now feel as a result, I’d love to hear from you.

And please join us on September 23 at the PNE for the annual Vancouver Inspired Senior Living 55+ Lifestyle Show. I look forward to meeting you!

 

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