Embracing Gratitude in Every Moment

What makes a difference in our happiness?  My life has been rather amazing, filled with ups and downs that have shaped who I am today. I didn’t have it easy for most of my life, facing numerous challenges along the way. I can honestly say I have made many mistakes. These mistakes have often led to people judging me based on my past, not willing to see the person I have become.

But let’s be real—who hasn’t made a mess of their lives at some point? We’ve all faced difficult choices and made decisions we might regret. Yet, in those choices and experiences, we find valuable lessons. Each misstep has provided me with opportunities to learn and grow. I’ve had a series of interesting experiences that have set me up to be grateful the next time something wonderful happens. It’s usually gratitude that attracts the good stuff.

Gratitude Changes Things

Gratitude has a way of transforming our perspective. When we appreciate what we have, even the smallest blessings, we open ourselves up to more positive experiences. This doesn’t mean ignoring our struggles or pretending everything is perfect. It means acknowledging the tough times and recognizing the growth they bring.

Next time you face a struggle, instead of getting frustrated, take a deep breath. Breathe deeply and give yourself a moment to pause. Look at the situation and try to see what you can learn from it. This shift in perspective doesn’t magically solve all problems, but it can make them a bit easier to bear.

For me, gratitude has become a daily practice. It’s not just about being thankful for the big moments, but also for the little things. A kind word from a friend, a beautiful sunrise, or even a moment of quiet reflection—all these small joys add up. By focusing on what I’m grateful for, I find it easier to navigate life’s challenges.

What is the Difference

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to overlook the importance of gratitude. We get caught up in our routines and forget to appreciate the present moment. But taking time each day to reflect on what we’re thankful for can have a profound impact. It shifts our mindset from one of scarcity to one of abundance.

So, when you encounter difficulties, remember to breathe and reframe your thoughts. Instead of viewing challenges as setbacks, see them as opportunities for growth. This doesn’t mean dismissing your feelings or pretending everything is fine. It’s about acknowledging the struggle and choosing to focus on the lessons it offers.

Gratitude isn’t about ignoring reality. It’s about embracing it with an open heart and a positive outlook. By cultivating gratitude, we create a more fulfilling and joyful life. We become more resilient and better equipped to handle whatever comes our way.

Be gentle with yourself and others. Practice gratitude daily, and watch as your perspective—and your life—begin to transform. In embracing gratitude, we find the strength to overcome obstacles and the wisdom to appreciate every moment.


Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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