Sue married her childhood sweetheart, John, when she was only twenty-two. At the time, she could not have been happier and was very much in love. She imagined that they would spend the rest of their lives together. Sue met John when she was at school and they had been dating since the age of fifteen.

After the marriage, they then talked about starting a family and before long they were parents to two boys. Sue believed that this was the icing on the cake and left work to bring up her children.

Unfortunately, things would soon go horribly wrong. John started coming home later and later from work and Sue was at a loss as to what was going on. John, of course, stated that he was only doing his work and that he was working overtime to give his family a better life, especially as Sue was no longer working. In reality, John was having an affair with a woman he had met at work.

After a few months, Sue found out about the affair and asked John as to why he had sought the attention of this other woman. He replied that Sue had been the only woman he had slept with and that he felt that he had missed out on the experience of dating other people. Despite the fact that Sue was willing to forgive John, the relationship was soon to end as he moved in to live with his other woman.

Sue was obviously very upset and could not believe what was happening to her. Before long divorce proceedings were under way and Sue decided to put the family house on the market and returned home to live with her parents, the boys, of course, went with her.

This was a very depressing time for Sue. One day however she was walking through her local shopping mall and saw a group of handicapped children. Sue thought to herself that the situation she was in was only temporary and that she would eventually be happy again, but that these children would more than likely to be handicapped for life. This, strangely enough, helped Sue to gain the strength and to think positive about the future.

The point is this: gratitude for what you have in any given moment, for the good things in your life, can change your world for the better. Even if all you have to be grateful for is the fact that you can walk. Do you see the connection here? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and let’s talk about it!

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