When times are tough, sometimes the last thing you want to think about is gratitude. I know I'm guilty of this. I've been chronically ill for a year now, and this daily hurting has wreaked havoc on my life, my body, and my emotional state. I've also been feeling lost, trying to figure out what I really want to do, what I want my life to be. This has led me to feel trapped in my situation but, at the same time, I've clung to certain things in an attempt to ebb the natural flow of change. More than anything, I've asked myself many times, "Where do I find the gratitude in all of this?" and "What do I have to be grateful for?"
When life is hard, it's simple to get so caught up in your personal struggle, that it becomes an obsessive fixture in your thoughts. This breeds negativity and hopelessness. It shuts you down, closes you off to what's happening around you. And, it's entirely natural.