Living a life of gratitude.  What does this mean?

I have always tried to live a life of curiosity and gratitude.  I still get angry and frustrated from time to time, but when one is curious you spend more time trying to figure out the source of frustration rather than concentrating on the feeling.  When one lives a life of gratitude you then spend more time being thankful for the frustration and what you learn from it rather than concentrating on the feeling.  Maybe curiosity and gratitude are coping mechanisms?  One thing is for sure they help to keep you positive.

"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. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melody Beattie

I recently returned home from the International Sniper Competition.  I have been working this event for the past four years.  This is the first year I felt accepted by this small, exclusive and quiet community.  By nature they are selective, by nature they are discriminatory.  I am so grateful to feel accepted within this very special, talented and brave community.  In return, I promise them undying support.  

Every day I feel fortunate to be living a life according to my calling.  I follow my path each and every day.  The only way that is able to happen is through the great network of people who surround me.  For them, I am thankful. 

I am also thankful for the people in my life who teach me, through example, how to not live my life.  Those who treat others as less than human.  Those who do not follow through on what they say they are going to do.  Those who speak of sweetness and then perform with spite. These people are just as important as they ones who teach you about kindness, generosity and sweetness. 

Life is a big mystery and can be confusing from time to time, but I hope to never lose the feeling of gratitude for the ability and permission to navigate the channels in which I am privileged. 

What are you able to be thankful for today? The big things and the small.  All are equally as important.