Why should we be grateful to be alive when there are struggles and suffering? I’ve always been the kind who wondered and tried to make sense of life.
The same way that one of you dear readers, Heavylines have asked, this question is one of the many that I asked myself too. Gratitude. Really? Even on so called “bad” days and my struggles?
Of course for the life of me, my old (pessimistic, cynical, melancholic, overly critical and complaining) self couldn’t understand.
The idea was just so ridiculously absurd. I knew I had to get to the bottom of understanding why suffering and struggles happen in the first place.
Do you know those difficult, rude or really mean people in our lives? Well believe it or not they are part of our Soul Contract.
By this I mean that before we’re born into this lifetime, we may not recall this at all but our soul has created an agreement with other souls about the kind of lessons that we need to learn.
This is so we can evolve into our higher self. Unless we learn the lesson we’re supposed to learn from these people, it seems these kinds of people will keep showing up into our life or the next lifetime.
Although that part is already meant to happen, we all still have the power of choice to face and learn from these people.
Only then do we stop being a victim to how others treat us. We become the higher self that we are supposed to be.
Remember how I told you about the Immutable Universal Laws? Some of these clarify why struggles and sufferings exist.
The Law of Cause and Effect explains that most of our struggles and sufferings are because of the consequences of our actions.
Every thought, feeling, words we speak and actions we do either good or bad always comes back to us.
When we subconsciously operate in fear, anger, pain, sadness, jealousy, weakness, victimhood, apathy and all the negativity, more circumstances like these will keep happening.
Sadly, even the innocent and good people become the receiving end of such. Our negativity hurts us and the good people around us too because we are all one.
We are connected to one another as the Law of Oneness puts it.
The Law of Rhythm shows that just like the seasons change, we experience struggles and hardships because we go through phases of growth.
There will be times that things seem to fall apart. This is necessary as a turning point to make positive changes in our lives. It pushes us to look hard into ourselves and still keep moving despite our hardships.
All these struggles and sufferings are temporary as long as we decide to overcome them. We come out stronger and wiser than ever.
The Law of Polarity also plays a part where our struggles and sufferings need to exist.
By having experiences we dislike, we would know the kind of life we really desire. It helps us have a clear and solid focus of what we truly want our lives to be.
What about war, crimes, natural disasters, diseases, birth defects, oppression and dark spirit possession kind of struggles and suffering?
These are all consequences of all our sins. All, meaning the sin of the entire mankind in general. Our sins kept us cursed and condemned with struggling, suffering and death.
At the same time these struggles and sufferings are tests of faith for those who believe in God. Struggles and sufferings also happen for non believers to see and learn to rely on God’s saving grace.
How can we lessen the struggles and sufferings? List these difficult people and circumstances in your life and write down what lesson you need to learn from these.
Apply these life lessons when circumstances come up. Forgive these people and circumstances. Send these difficult people unconditional love and light from a distance.
When you start to think and feel negatively, replace them with positive thoughts and feelings.
Choose to act with kindness. Immerse yourself in positive music, books, movies, tv shows and positive people. Focus on being grateful.
Take a break or do more things that you enjoy. Love yourself more by eating healthier, sleeping better, appreciating your simple accomplishments and treating yourself with kindness.
Write a vision of the life of your dreams. Create a plan and simple tasks you can do to achieve them. Keep acting on your dreams. Celebrate your simple successes.
Reflect on your sins. Repent and pray for forgiveness. Stop committing sins as much as possible. Do more good things and spend time to know God.
Grow in faith and deep relationship with God.
Understanding the reason for all the struggles and suffering, why be grateful of being alive?
Being alive simply means we have a fighting chance to change our circumstances.
We learn to become powerful creators of the life we desire and help others become one too. The fact that we are breathing means God through Jesus Christ saved us and paid for our sins so we can live freely.
We live because we are loved, supported, accepted and protected. We are worthy of being saved from sin. We are meant to be part of something bigger.
Being alive shows that we have already won the battle of life even before it started. All the struggles and sufferings mean growth and transformation into our higher self.
Instead of being angry at God, ourselves and the world, instead of hating life and refusing to live, instead of playing the victim and pitying ourselves and everything, why not set and take actions to make things better?
Wonderful breakthroughs come when we surpass beyond our breakdowns. Just take positive actions and keep at it, we are never alone.
We have an Infinite God (Source Energy, Divine Creator or Life Source) guardian angels and spirit guides looking after us.
So what’s there to fear and worry about doing good things and being positive? God (the Universe) always has your back.
Everything happens for you. Use these experiences to live the life of your dreams. No matter the outcome, there’s nothing to lose but greater lessons to gain.
With self growth comes happiness, great health, love, peace and abundance.
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Endless Love and Peace,
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