Deal With Stress

Gratitude and Giving Thanks

woman smilingTen years ago, I was at a crossroad in my career.  Working in the corporate arena, I was put in  a challenging position of choosing between 1) staying at a company that was forcing me to relocate or move into a different role or 2) find a new job.

I can still recall the effects of that stress: difficulty breathing on my way to work, sleepless nights, questioning everyday decisions, coping with relationship conflict,  and feeling like I was trapped in a cage. I was sad, hurt, confused, and scared. During that time I did much soul searching and realized that I had two choices–play victim or take charge.

Somehow through the darkness I found the courage and strength to quit my job to start my own training and development company.  I took charge of my life choosing a path where I could follow my dreams.

As I reflect on that time, I realize what a blessing that crossroad was for me.  Without that situation, I would have never taken this road, “the one less traveled by”[Robert Frost], to get me on this path of today following my true passion.

All of us face adversity, loss, and difficult situations on the road of life.  It is only through this adversity that we truly find an inner strength to grow beyond what we even thought we were capable of achieving.  So be thankful even during times of great change as it will always take you to a new place–one that is even brighter and better than your past.

Now I have had the pleasure of owning my own company for 10 years.  I am thankful for all the wonderful people I have met and have had the pleasure of inspiring them to find their true passion.

“Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.  If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.  During those times, you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for your mistakes.  They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.  A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.  Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.”—Author Unknown

Author Bio: Lori Miller is owner and president of Developing Professionals, a company that provides training, consulting, and coaching services to organizations in Leadership and Professional Development. She has conducted hundreds of seminars and workshops both locally and nationally for corporations, non-profit groups and professional associations. Visit

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