“A life of Gratitude”

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” – Brother Steindl-Rast.

It has always been easy for me to see the direct connection between being being truly grateful and feeling joyful in my life. Now I am talking about being truly grateful which means I need to see the connection between the value I receive from a person or experience, no matter what kind of person or experience I am meeting or having. 

I used to only feel grateful for people or experiences that made me feel happy, loved or that gave me something clearly valuable. But I have come to realize that even my bad experiences and the people whom I do not like what they say or do can have great value in my life. And for this I am truly greatful.

That doesn’t mean experience can’t still feel crapy. Or that I agree with the behaviors of some that I meet or see in the world. But I tend to separate my own feelings from the value that I receive. 

I can receive great value from a very bad experience or a horrible acting person. Usually it is built in the learning that I get from these experiences. But I can also find value in how these aspects of my life help me to move toward better ones. No matter what I am so thankful for what they all add to me and my life. 

Maybe this is why my life feels so wonderful. Yes, I have gone through some horrible times in my life but as I see it today what they produced or stimulated within me and my life is immeasurable and so wonderful. And it is all due to the attitude I choose to take, not the events but my attitude toward them. I haven’t always done this but I choose to today. 

So I say thank you for all the wonderful and horrible times I have experienced. I say thank you to all the people good and bad in my life that I have met and experienced. All of these have produced a level of happiness that I could not have imagined. 

I am love. I am joy. I am thankful! 

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.