To Be Content Is to Be Grateful

Even after the most traumatic events, we can still find contentment. One way to achieve this is through gratitude. When Cynthia Mee lost everything in a house fire, instead of looking at it as something destructive, she saw it as educational -- grateful for the life lessons she never would have encountered had it not happened. She was grateful for being alive; the fire hadn't killed her. The Red Cross and firefighters were a huge help -- how grateful she was for them, too. In fact, it was gratitude that sustained her throughout the challenges that came after the fire, allowing her to view the experience as less of a loss and more of an opportunity for growth. In times of trouble and even in our everyday lives, gratitude can become like a bridge to contentment, helping us realize and appreciate how much we have. Here is a perfect example of how it's done.