“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get.” ~Oprah Winfrey
I’ve written on the virtues of gratitude many times on this site. I’ve talked about how gratitude can lead to improvements in your life. I’ve encouraged you to find reasons to be grateful, even when life is hard. I’ve talked about some of my own experiences and lessons I’ve learned on gratitude –sometimes from the most unlikely teachers.
Every day, I’m grateful for many things. My husband, my children, the supportive members of my extended family–my friends, my fellow writers, my readers–and all the good stuff. Home, health, abundance, love. You know how it is.
And the truth is that it works. My life is noticeably smoother and happier–just generally better–when I focus on those people, situations and things that make me feel grateful and give thanks for them.
This week, I’m grateful for an unexpected gift in my email box Sunday evening. I felt like I got a thumbs up from the universe after I read it, and I was filled with gratitude.
The reader told me her story, and she said that she had found strength and help in some of the posts I’ve written here at In Pursuit of Fulfillment. She had dealt with a very toxic person in her past and during a session with a counselor, she was given a few pages from this site to read. She said she found the pages so helpful that she came and visited the site, and that she was glad she had. She even mentioned that she found other articles that gave her answers and helped her feel better–and she said she was so happy to hear about my relaunch.
In addition to completely and totally reaffirming my resolve to keep this blog going, this wonderful reader had just validated me in a pretty major way.
See, my entire purpose in writing this blog is to offer information and advice that will help other people to create the lives they want–and to offer them comfort and a kind of support as they deal with the struggles in their own lives. And here came this beautiful soul to tell me that I was accomplishing that goal.
What an amazing compliment!
So, to that special reader, I want to say thank you. Thank you for trusting me enough to share your story with me, thank you for reading my site and for taking the time to tell me it helped you. And to anyone else reading this post, thank you for being here too. I sincerely appreciate you.
So, how about you? What are you grateful for today? Tell me in the comments!
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.