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Attitude of Gratitude In the Midst of Pain

Episode 16: Welcome back to the Coaching Closet, I'm your host Richele Batt. Today I wanted to share with you guys that last week, I had a pity party, and I've kind of had one each and every day since then. Apparently I a have torn labrum and tomorrow I'm going to the doctor to find out what exactly I need to do about it. I found out about it last week, that it is torn and pretty severe, so most likely I'm going to have to have surgery. But in the midst of all this, I am feeling grateful, it's kind of like the contrast of being grateful in the midst of something that I'm not grateful for. I am learning sometimes you have to go through these hard times so that you can really understand the blessings in life.


• I started crying and feeling sorry for myself, mainly because this year, I don't know if you've heard my weight loss story on a different episode, but I lost a bunch of weight and I was ready to really start exercising and lifting weights. I haven't been doing that, well for the last couple of months because my shoulder has been hurting and I haven't been able to do the things I want to do, so it's just a set back and it's made me feel old in my 40s. But I'm a grandma and I'm in my 40s and I don't feel old until now, and I don't like it. I just started feeling sorry for myself. It makes me realize that I need to feel grateful for the times when I do feel good. (01:58)

• Most likely, I'll be fine. So I'm just kind of turning that around and making myself realize I need to really be grateful for the things that I can do, and be grateful that this is something that can be fixed, and it gives me perspective. Another thing that I thought about is that, I'm going to learn from this, because I am one of those people that doesn't really slow down unless I'm forced to. And so I thought, Okay, this is one of those times that I'm forced to slow down. So I will have to slow down, especially if I have to have surgery or something. You don't have to just have time to sit and think, do things that require something sedentary, which completely sucks, because I don't like that. I like to be on the go, to travel, to do stuff. (3:37)

• So, okay, what's God, the universe and a the powers that would be trying to teach me. So I'm just going to soak that in and take that time. And so, if you're facing something similar, where it's not something that you would have chosen or a path that you're really liking right now, that you're happy about, but something that you're kind of forced to do, just take the moment to say to yourself, What can I learn, what can I glean in the midst of this? That is good for me, and it can be good for you and it can teach you. It can make you into a better person in the long run, and I know that this will do that for me, and it will also help me depend on other people and help me be thankful for them and thankful for how others can show me that I'm loved. (04:29)

• So just the little things like that, that you can learn in the midst of feeling sad. You have to go through something that can really help you understand the blessings in life, that alone showed me things that I can be grateful for. So, I just wanted to share that with you today, that in my pity party, kind of over the last week, I've been feeling down about it. When you're in pain, it's just no fun when you can't really brush your hair that well and you know it's like, Oh, this completely sucks. There are still lessons, there are still deeper truths that you can get out of that is, something to be grateful for. (5:38)


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