In a recent post, Linda Ryan related that after a very near automobile accident, she was suddenly overcome with gratitude for what “didn’t happen.” She asked her readers if we thought that was “silly.”
No way. Here was my response:
[T]here have been plenty of times in my life (including near-collisions) where my gratitude over something bad not happening totally reframed my mood. I quickly went from taking things for granted (or even sadness/lack of gratitude for what I didn’t have), to being in a state of immense appreciation. Nothing “silly” about this at all. The good news is that — with enough active consciousness we can do this even without something scary like a near-accident to “wake us up.”
The Sages taught that we can reframe our attitude and mood by imagining losing our senses, such as our ability to see, hear, touch, etc. We can imagine losing everything financially or other uncomfortable situations. And, then, upon realizing that none of that actually happened, we can again live in a state of gratitude. Thank you for the awesome reminder, Ms. Ryan. Your posts continue to impress!!
Has something like that ever happened to you? And, how are you at shifting into a state of gratitude without something nearly horrendous happening to you first? I’d love to know.