Love this gratitude quote from Neale Donald Walsch and had a first-hand illustration of it this week.
“The struggle ends when
the gratitude begins”
I think we know this intellectually, yet when in the midst of the struggle, we often forget.
Here’s what happened…
I had been having internet issues for a few days and it finally quit on Sunday. No internet at all, which is somewhat… let’s just say difficult. Something I heavily rely on (and too often take for granted) quit on me and I was not happy.
As soon as I felt myself getting annoyed, I remembered that quote and basically told myself to “Knock it off!” This was just an inconvenience that needed my attention; certainly nothing to get my tail feathers ruffled! Sure, it altered my plans, but in the grand scheme of life, it was a mole hill, not a mountain.
I called my internet provider, expecting them to help me sort it out, and they did. Steve couldn’t have been more helpful and the technology allowed him to diagnose the problem over the phone. As I suspected, it was the wireless router. Nothing $100 at Best Buy couldn’t fix!
While I didn’t want to spend $100 just to get back to where I had been a few days before, I was happy it wasn’t $200. And I was grateful I could afford to buy it. And I was appreciative of Steve’s expert assistance. But wait…there’s more!
Steve told me that just within the past two weeks, they began offering free wireless routers to all their customers. I would just need to go to their store (just 15 minutes away!) and pick one up.
The struggle was about to end and it didn’t cost me a dime, let alone $100. And it got me thinking about the role my gratitude played in scoring the free router. Of course I can’t “prove” anything, but I believe it really influenced how well it all turned out.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Do you think catching ourselves (mentally) before our feathers get too terribly ruffled impacts the outcome?
Do you think it’s just coincidence and nothing to get all excited about?
Do you think the struggle ends when the gratitude begins?