It's so easy for me to be grateful and count my blessings when things are going well - namely when I'm not having a flare of my lupus. But I'm now learning and practicing that I have to be grateful even when things aren't exactly going my way. This is when I REALLY need to count my blessings.
Over a month ago our dishwasher leaked and ruined part of our wood floor and base cabinets...at first I was pretty upset of course because of the major inconvenience and because of the $1000 deductible we have for insurance. Still not happy about that because I work VERY part-time. However, I realized we've wanted new cabinets and a new wood floor for quite a while. Of course, we wanted to get them when we could afford them and not because of water damage, but looking on the bright side, we are getting some updates to the kitchen. A few years ago this would have sent me into so much anger and frustration, but this time, I quickly got to the mindset of "what good is coming from this?" ...Well--new cabinets and a new wood floor-yay! Oh, and practicing acceptance and letting go of things that typically throw me in a tailspin.
"Happiness is a function of accepting what is."
This quote by Werner Erhard often helps me remember how important it is to accept things as they are, even when they aren't what I want at the time. Typically, like the kitchen, they turn out to be blessings in disguise. No they don't always come in the form of something physical like kitchen cabinets--they may be a new way of being or living, like enjoying the little things and realizing something that's RIGHT for us is somewhere on the horizon, even if we don't see it right away!
I'm curious, what "bad" things have happened in your life that have turned out to be blessings in disguise?