“What is a Blessing?”
This is the time of year when we are giving thanks for all of the blessings that we have in our lives. Blessings are defined as something that helps you or brings your happiness, help and approval from God and/or an approval that allows you or helps you to do something. It is also considered grace said at a meal. Blessings promote or contribute to happiness, well-being and prosperity. It can also be defined in the context of a formal act of approving, i.e.: “she gave the marriage her blessing.” It is also defined as a desirable state: meaning “enjoy the blessings of life.” It is something to be thankful for, i.e.: it is such a blessing to have her as my friend. I don’t know what I would do without her. For some of us viewing things in our lives as blessings can be difficult, mostly because we may not understand what the purpose of it is in our life good or bad. What I mean by this is sometimes people come into our lives for a reason and may leave sooner than we want and sometimes events take place in our life that are negative and if we can see that there may be a greater purpose for it than we can view these experiences as blessings.
Like with the holidays; it can be trying time for some people and having to spend Thanksgiving with family members that they don’t necessarily care for can be difficult and prove a daunting task to be polite and pleasant. So you may ask how in the world is that a blessing??? Well it is all in how you frame it in your mind. Your presence may be seen as a blessing to other family members because it is important to them that you are there. You can view the experience as a blessing because maybe you would be alone and it is much better to be in the company of others enjoying a home cooked meal. We are ultimately responsible on some level for the outcome of such an unpleasant event, because if we go into the dinner as a blessing for them and show some semblance of joy or contentment than it will be over before you know it. I completely get that this is easier said than done and that it requires a lot of personal strength. But that is where this concept of blessing will create the balance and hopefully joy you are seeking at your holiday meal.
Melodie Beattie said, “Gratitude is the key that turns problems into blessings, and the unexpected into gifts.” So look at every opportunity and encounter as a blessing in your life today and every day. See your friendships as blessings and gifts to hold close to your heart. Often we are so busy trying to get to the next place that we miss what is right in front of us. We don’t usually realize what we have until it is gone. So be blessed by life, love, God, nature, friends, coworkers, pets, food and everything else that can possibly make you smile and create happiness, peace, joy and prosperity for yourself.