With my second book Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life through Storytelling coming out next week, I’ve been thinking recently about how grateful I am for the untold blessings I’ve encountered in the course of my life. Sometimes, it’s all too easy to focus on the barriers and challenges we encounter. And yet, looking back, I’ve come to realize that many of life’s petty annoyances and even some of its toughest battles have been tremendous opportunities for growth and learning.
The Bible encourages us to “In every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude.” So as I look back at the stories of my life – first in Where the Water Meets the Sand and now in my new book – I’ve come to grips with the countless Sherpas, friends, counselors, students, parents, relatives, strangers and even antagonists who’ve played a role in inspiring me along life’s path. For each of them, I am grateful.
I truly believe it’s an inevitable Karmic Truth that each of us was born to struggle at times in our lives, and yet the central underlying test of life is how we choose to respond. And so, today I’m especially grateful for my parents, who loved me and instilled in me a love for teaching, a love for storytelling and a passion for helping those suffering or in need of assistance. I’ve been blessed to have had some other truly amazing mentors and counselors; friends and colleagues, all of whom have helped to enrich my spirit and contributed to my stories.
I’m also immensely grateful for my beautiful daughter, Laura. Together, we have trodden the familiar paths of familial connectedness. And, we have both taught and learned from each other, and for that, I’m eternally grateful.
I hope each of you can channel gratitude as you seek to tell your own stories and to embrace the untold gifts that life brings to your doorstep. Share what makes you grateful for your own journey.
© Tyra Manning 2019