Because everything that happens to us is for our good
December 23rd 2014
Each morning, the moment you wake up, call on joy and love. Instead of starting the day by thinking about the various tasks waiting for you, say, ‘Lord God, thank you for the fact that I am still alive, able to breathe, eat, walk, see, hear, think and love, for these are priceless treasures.’ Then get up, full of joy. And learn to give thanks also for each instance of unpleasantness in life, as this is the best way to neutralize them. If you start complaining and rebelling, you will become more and more overwhelmed. But if you say, ‘O Lord, thank you; no doubt there is a reason why I have met with this obstacle; there must be something more for me to learn’, you will feel that you are gradually transforming your difficulties into gold and precious stones. Yes, it is as if you were covering them with a gold or crystal dust: they appear in a different light. Nothing can withstand gratitude. So thank heaven each day until you feel that everything that happens to you is for your good. Give thanks for what you have and what you do not have, for what gives you joy and for what makes you suffer. Even if you are unhappy you must find a reason for giving thanks. In this way you will keep the flame of life alight within you.