We’ve all felt grateful for something in our lives. But what about feeling in some way grateful for everything that happens to us—whether good, bad, tragically unexpected or carefully planned?
That’s the premise of Skip Johnson’s insightful guide, Grateful for Everything: Learning, Living, and Loving the Great Game of Life. Johnson’s book opens readers’ eyes to the possibility of finding peace, harmony and fulfillment through the simple, yet challenging, task of being thankful for everything in our lives.
Drawing on his own experiences as a competitive tennis player and Master Pro, coach and business owner, Skip Johnson has mastered the art of “living and loving the great game of life.” He’s faced some tough challenges, but learned to embrace not only the harmonious times in life but also the ones that made him feel disappointed, worried and even grief-stricken.
“This book is not a way to learn to be ‘happy’ about whatever happens to your life,” Johnson explains. “What we will explore is how to take the hand that we have been dealt, develop steps to become grateful for the lessons to be learned, and then begin to weave it all into a mosaic of life that resembles more of a great game to play, instead of a mire to be trudged through on a daily basis.”
Johnson does not promise that difficult times will go away or that “hot emotions,” such as anger, frustration and fear, will disappear. What he does propose is that putting Grateful for Everything into action will create empowering tools to help people deal with these emotions.
Written in easily understood text, Grateful for Everything offers inspirational ways to avoid daily drama, accept difficulties, and develop responses of determination and optimism—with a belief that the future is beyond sadness and grief.
Johnson also contends that gratitude can lead to memorable adventures! “When we increasingly incorporate thankfulness into our lives, we realize that it is not only safe but also incredibly enjoyable to come out of the cocoon and see the great adventures that are awaiting us.”
Anyone wanting to live a more powerful life not easily dominated by disappointment, frustration and fear—and live instead as an authentic presence—will benefit from Grateful for Everything: Learning, Living, and Loving the Great Game of Life.