Gratitude Affirmation

I am thankful for all opportunities. My attitude reflects my happiness.

I am thankful for all opportunities that come my way. I let go of the idea that things must be ideal for me to be happy. I recognize that every situation has both challenges and rewards.

Basing my sense of well-being on the absence of conflict in my life is futile. There will always be challenges, and I cannot delay my happiness because of their presence.  

I believe that success comes to those who take action with what they have at hand. Opportunities for small successes often lead to greater possibilities.

For this reason, I choose to look for the opportunities inherent in every circumstance. Even unpleasant situations can lead to better opportunities that would not have been available without facing the challenge.

I know that challenges teach me the patience and other skills I need in order to make the most of my life. Obstacles help develop my character.

I welcome all challenges and I remain open to the good that awaits me with each new opportunity.

By letting go of the expectation of ease or perfection, I enable myself to discover the possibilities within every situation. I create my own happiness, even in the midst of challenges.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Am I waiting for perfection in order to be happy?
  2. Do I view challenges as obstacles or opportunities?
  3. What opportunity has come to me unexpectedly because I remained open to finding the good in a tough situation?


  1. Martha on January 17, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    I don’t feel I have to be perfect to be happy and I definitely view challenges as opportunities to grow and learn. I am a positive person and try to find good in everything and everyone.

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      As Mary Poppins says, “Perfectly Imperfect!” Or is it, “Imperfectly Perfect”? Both seem to be pretty good!

  2. Kebba Buckley Button on January 17, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Paul, all so true! I’m sure you know your namesake, St. Paul, famously said “I have learned to be happy, whether abased or abounding.” (Phil. 4:12) This point of yours really popped for me: “I let go of the idea that things must be ideal for me to be happy.” So powerful. Thanks for another great post.

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      Yes! I think you (and me, and everyone… “You” in terms of everyone) need to be Happy first. Happiness comes from the inside. WHen someone relies on an external factor for happiness, it is a recipe for disaster as they are now reliant on exterior factors to be happy.

  3. Laurie on January 17, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I’m learning that principle. But I’m naturally one who struggles to get it.

    I really feel that you writing these things out helps to make the ideas cemented in your mind, and little by little, it will take effect. I’ve resisted the gratitude journal because I let it fall by the wayside, but it seems there are benefits to writing things out.

    Thank you for this post!
    Ridge Haven Homestead

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Laurie – First of all, stick with the Journal. And, if you miss a day, don’t swear it! There are no rules – you do what works for you.

  4. Kate Loving on January 18, 2022 at 6:33 am

    Self Awareness is key. When I become more conscious and aware of how I am feeling, everything changes. Life is impermanent. The inner and outer tides are regulated by the ever changing moon cycles. Tuning into the moon cycles brings me a sense of the ongoing-ness of life.

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:41 pm

      When I become more conscious and aware of how I am feeling, everything changes. Your mindset is everything. Without it, you will fail. Without the correct mindset and understanding of yourself, you can judge your surroundings accurately and thus set yourself up for success.

  5. Sinziana on January 18, 2022 at 7:25 am

    Sometimes I am guilty of needing the perfection for feeling happy…

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:42 pm

      Nooo… Just try to let it go and leave perfection behind. This is easier said than done, I know!

  6. vidya on January 18, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    I totally agree that we shouldn’t make perfection a requirement for happiness.. While we can work towards that goal of getting better, happiness exists in the everyday and in those abounding opportunities that we invariably miss trying to make something just right..

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:43 pm

      Yes! I love how you explain it!

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