Infertility is awful, what do I have to be grateful for? A whole lot.

The last few days I allowed myself to go down the rabbit hole of feeling a bit sorry for myself. I admit it, I needed to do it, and now it's time to come back out.
I had lunch with some friends yesterday and one story after another reminded me just how much I have to be grateful for--SO much. So for anyone else who may need some help shifting out of the sadness, here are a few great gratitude practices I found--I only did a few of them and I already feel a whole heck of a lot better. I needed to get out of myself and my own wallowing.
 
"In the midst of the “have not’s” it can be easy to forget the “have’s.” Sometimes the easiest way out of sadness is the path traveled through gratitude.
Make gratitude a daily practice, you may be surprised how quickly this simple shift in focus can change your entire perspective–not to mention the amount of joy and peace you experience.
Practice Daily Gratitude: http://infertilityawakening.com/2011/10/13/infertility-is-awful-what-do-i-have-to-be-grateful-for-a-whole-lot/
 
 

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The gratitude list that I do from time to time really does help put things into perspective. A great exercise when you are ready to pull yourself out of the hole. So glad you are seeing the sunshine.
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Brilliant plan love the gratitude stone am going to make one tonight, your right it`s so easy to forget all the things we are blessed with during the fight with IF thanks for reminding me what blessings i already have in my life . Glad you found your way out of the rabbit hole x
Bell101
Bell101

It is easy to feel sorry for ourselves, and it is not always easy to see the light in the dark. But it is there! Not that other people\'s problems or pain brings me joy, but it does give me a reality check now & then! When I see someone who is really suffering or whose life is just falling apart... all of a sudden I am reminded of how lucky I am and how easy I have it. In the big picture IF is not the end of the world. We have options and choices.... And we will always have hope!
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Thanks for sharing this. It\'s like if everyone threw their problems into a bowl and then had to draw a new one out, most people would want to draw their own problem... not sure if that made any sense! It is so important to keep perspective though and to give thanks and acknowledge all of the good parts of our lives. Positive thinking is powerful.
SharynMarie
SharynMarie

Thanks, Shannon, another thoughtful and correct post. And Cimmaron, you\'re right, I\'d probably stick with infertility if I had to pick a problems--at least I know what I\'m dealing with. One of the books I read and reread, by Thich Nhat Hanh, teaches gratitude as asking yourself \"What\'s NOT wrong?\" I have written this in my journal so many mornings trying to get myself to work by focusing on gratitude. \"Hot coffee, a nice home to live in,\" so many small miracles that I need to focus on.