Repost of something I wrote a couple years ago that seems relavent to the moment…
Deadlines, kids, continuing education, extra-curricular activities, volunteer duties…The list goes on and on, and most of us are operating at a break-neck pace to keep up with the demands placed on us on a weekly basis. I have recently had a period of down-time, and thought it would be worthwhile to post on being thankful for the things in life that may get taken for granted or are not fully realized, as it is so easy to do when things get busy. When you really think about it, there may be things you enjoy, that you have no idea how much you enjoy until they are not in your life, or it may just be recognition of the things that are already in your life that give deep pleasure and peace just in realizing they are already there.
For example, in my neighborhood, some of the neighbors like to sit outside and talk while the kids and pets play. I am not a hugely social person, but after several weeks where we were not able to get together, I found out how much I enjoyed being around others, and it really surprised me that such a simple thing could add so much to my life. I had an hour long, meaningful conversation with one neighbor, where our prior exchanges had been “Hi.” and “Bye” for years. I am always thankful to be in the presence of others, even if I am not directly involved in all of the conversation.
Each morning that you crack your eyes and get to start a new day is a gift and a purpose. Aware of it or not, there is some reason you are still on this earth-embrace it.
When you return home from a horrendous rush hour safely, that is a gift to be thankful for.
If you have small children who come bolting through the door and start talking, laughing, crying, whatever non-stop, that is a gift. It may seem like an interruption at times, but is there really anything more important at that moment? How long will it be before they will be slinking in the door to avoid any contact with their “embarrassing” parents, and you will have to inject yourself into their life to remain a part of it?
Every day, we hear stories on the news that are shocking, terrible or downright scary. At the start of each day, taking the time to be thankful for only one of the personal gifts in your life will focus your mind on the good stuff, and allow you to be more effective-even if it feels like you are going through hell at the moment.
I am not licensed or accredited in any way. I am not a writer, and do not have perfect English. Someone who knows me described my intelligence as varying degrees of genius and “dumb as a stone”. So call it my disclaimer, but hopefully someone who reads this will surprise themself as I did, when they slow down and reflect on some of the subtle joys already in their “everyday life”.