Thursday, 21 June 2018

Gratitude by Children's Author Kurt Chambers

I wanted to write this as a way of saying a massive, THANK YOU, to the universe. The universe has always given me everything I ever wanted and dreamed about. Only, I didn't always realise this. In fact, I believed for many years that I was actually cursed! The curse of the 12th century monk. A very funny true story, worth a read if you want to have a laugh. I hated God and blamed Him for everything! It's actually quite funny now I look back on it. It was back in the day when I didn't realise I was responsible for everything that happened in my life, it was always someone else's fault.

Now, I live in a completely different world. I live in a world of gratitude! And I have so much to be grateful for. I have the most amazing life partner. My wife, Lesley, is the most genuine, loving person you could ever meet. We have been a couple for 35 years and even now I am still in awe with her kindness and generosity to anyone who needs her help. She would do anything for me and takes great care of me. I love my amazing family. I have three children, two girls and a boy, and six grandchildren. We are all very close and I'm constantly surrounded with unconditional love and laughter. I live in a beautiful house in England with a massive well-kept garden. I have a steady job that is probably the best job I've ever had. I go on holiday twice a year. I never really want for anything. I have published 5 children's novels, which for me was an almost impossible task when I started out. I made the most amazing friends from all over the world in the process. I was a cool dude in a rock band in my youth. Life has been one long crazy party. I have stories you wouldn't even believe!

I know what some of you may be thinking, especially if life is giving you a hard time at the moment. Yeah, it's easy to bang on about being positive and having gratitude when you have life handed to you on a plate. Let me assure you that isn't the case. My mum died a few weeks ago. She fought a year long battle with cancer, broke her back in a fall after having chemo and we had to care for her with absolutely no help from anyone. It was the most messed up thing I've ever had to deal with. My dad died six month prior to that happening, also from cancer. One of my daughters was mentally and physically abused for years and there was nothing I could do about it. My son had a heart attack at the age of 18. My other daughter spent her whole life becoming a dancer and is now disabled and can barely leave the house. This is just to name a few things, the tip of a very big iceberg. But the truth of the matter is, you find that you learn the most important lessons in life that come from tragedy and heartache, and I am genuinely grateful for all that this has taught me.

It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from, what beliefs you have or don't have. Being grateful is a choice that only you can make. And I'm not saying this is an easy thing to do especially when life seems to be kicking you in the teeth. But if you try to practice gratitude, I promise you, it will bring more happiness into your life than you have without it. Watch videos, read articles. There are many to choose from. It might just change your life for the better.