Why Devastating Loss Can Lead To Gratitude

Written by Zoë B

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

If you've ever experienced heartache or an incredible loss, you’ll know that inspiration can sometimes come from a place of overwhelming sadness.

When hugely devastating things happen to us, like losing someone we love, we somehow pick up the pieces, not realizing our own inner strength. And we gain the benefit of clarity.

Clarity to see what matters and clarity to see what life is really all about.

I’ll always remember the words of wisdom that came from an incredibly strong woman at her husband's funeral.

Here's what she said:

“It’s the little things that I’ll miss. Watching our favorite show curled up on the couch together, taking a stroll on the beach, just spending time together doing nothing…”

I often think of those words of wisdom when I’m stuck in the grasp of negativity, because usually I’m worrying about something that ultimately doesn’t matter. Something that the time feels big, but really in the grand context of my life is unimportant.

She was so right.

It’s the little things that matter.

Like taking a walk in the sunshine, laughing so hard you could cry, and simply spending time with the people you love.

Successful living isn’t about accumulating wealth and ticking off your goals one by one; it’s often much simpler than that. Just the act of remembering to be grateful for the little things, the things we usually take for granted, the things that actually give us the most joy in life, the things that don’t cost us much in time, energy or money – it’s these things that really are the big things.

So next time you’re worrying about something that appears to be a big deal, take a step back and reassess. Is it really worth it? And take comfort in something small that really could change your life for today at least.

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