Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend!

Moving on doesn't mean we forget about things. It just mean we have to accept what happened and continue living..

I have learned that acceptance of one's life is the key to happiness; it has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.- Henry Van Dyke

Acceptance is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. I have also learned that gratitude is one of the best tools to remind us of what is really important in life and to connect us to other people through expressing appreciation.

I have seen better days, but believe me, I have also seen worse. I have few aches and pains and other issues to deal with, but I wake up to savor life! Yes, my life may not be perfect, but I thank God it is good; I thank God for giving me many opportunities to change and improve my life for the better and I am very grateful.

However, it is unfortunate that many of us refuse to accept and spend too much time finding something or someone to blame; spending too much energy finding excuses for not being what we are capable of being, and not enough energy putting ourselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with our lives.

Let us accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be. Acceptance serves as a bridge between our mind and our heart.

By Tim Pedrosa

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.—Brian Tracy