Thankful Thursday: What Inconvenience Are You Grateful For?

The Idea: Living in times where instant gratification is fast becoming the norm, we run the risk of losing out on the gems of insight and experience that lie beneath the surface of seeming inconveniences. Today, take time to reflect on (and perhaps write about) something in your life that on the surface may seem like a tiresome chore or an unwelcome event, but that has yielded unanticipated richness. Things like long lines, broken dishwashers, traffic jams and no phone service can lead you into unexpected adventures, if you only take the time to rightly consider them. For inspiration here is a lovely passage by Margaret Wheatley that invites us to play along with The Element of Surprise in life, that often comes disguised as inconvenience.

Let us know what you think, and your own story would be most welcomed. 🙂


Thankful Thursday: Create Your Oola Life with Gratitude

Inspiring quotes and stories that never cease to amaze me, in their blissful simplicity:

“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.” – @OolaLife

Always give without remembering,

and always

receive without forgetting.

–  Brian Tracy

We are always looking for good stories to keep us inspired. Like this entangled whale who knew about giving gratitude and thanks to her rescuers.

A female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

This is her story of giving gratitude.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Faralon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her… a very dangerous proposition.

One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.  She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you be so fortunate …

To be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.

And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude!

Related: A Story About Living as Told by a Six Year Old Boy About His Dog

Do you have an inspiring story or favorite quote about gratitude you would like to share? If so, please comment below with your own personal story or another you’ve heard, that you especially love to tell 🙂 Thank you!