A few days ago I was listening to a conversation about the difference between being grateful and being at peace. There are times were people like to play on words, semantics. However, I chose to give them some more thought. Is there a difference?
I think back to my last job, saying I was unhappy is putting it sweetly. It affected me so much that I wrote the post, Why I Stopped Faking the Employment Enjoyment. I have heard all the comments before like, “you should just be grateful for what you got.” So what do you do when “what you got” is painful and toxic to your mental and physical health. Where does the line get drawn when it comes to sitting in gratitude versus sitting in peace.
So, What is the Difference Between Being Grateful and Being at Peace
Here is what I think.
It is my belief that to attract the things we want, remaining in a place of gratitude is key. Be thankful for our encounters and blessings that we receive. Ultimately, everything is sent your way to help you grow, nudging you closer to your desires. If we cannot be grateful, we unintentionally attract the things that we find hard to be thankful for. What you let your mind dwell on is powerful and guides you to the experiences you have. Being grateful can sound like being at peace, but not entirely so. When the things you have disrupt you being at peace, some decisions need to be made.
In my opinion, being grateful requires having a heart to see the beauty in what is and appreciating things for what they are. Being at peace is having the discernment to see things for what they are and know what does and does not serve your best interest and being okay with the decision you have to make to maintain sanity. You can be at peace and grateful at the same time, with the same thing. It is also possible to not be grateful about an unpeaceful situation and to move away to find your peace.
Both ideas can live under the same roof, however, they will not always coexist. That doesn’t make for a terrible person. To me it just means that you are becoming more aware of yourself and what you need to continue this journey called life.
What is your idea of the difference between being grateful and being at peace?
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