Gratitude .... this isn’t the first time I’ve written about this topic, and it won’t be the last - it’s one that can’t get enough attention... I don’t know about you but I would rather focus my attention on higher vibrational concepts & emotions these days.... I would say, in general, it’s always harder to be grateful for things when we are surrounded by so much luxury that we can forget to appreciate the little things we have that make a big difference .... so I would say, if anyone is in a bleak mindset or funk where they are having a harder time seeing the vast amount of richness and blessings they are surrounded by - I would suggest traveling 3rd world.... in a short amount of time and experience it is impossible to not start to be aware of ALL the many ways we are so spoiled in the states.
Ok, let’s be real, in some way or another everyday is a reminder for me to count my blessings.... it’s just some days and some things are extra loud and clear! For example, yesterday was the FIRST amazing hot, solid pressured shower I have had since I left 36 days ago... and oh my what a reminder it was - I felt so spoiled, so lucky and I was on cloud 9 buzzing afterwards... I mean I could actually get my hair wet, and shave without goose bumps & raiser burn!!!!
We live in this delusional world where we just look at the “luxuries” we have as normal or expected - without realizing what blessings they really are ... running water! So many people in this world don’t even know what that means - the amount of work they have to do to bath is incredible - life is harder. Ok, so some people have running water, but they have no experience of water pressure or heated water... they only know how to experience heating water on a fire.... then we all sit around complaining about how our water has fluoride and it’s “killing” us - but in truth... is it? Sure, yes, absolutely it’s not beneficial and we are better off without, I would be lying if I didn’t admit I paid the premium for a special filter system to remove fluoride (again, a blessing), ... but hell can we just be grateful we have running water we can drink without ending up with a bacterial infection?? We just get so entitled sometimes, and yes, it’s ok for us to hold our government and agencies to higher standards, because we are blessed enough to live in a country that can afford higher standards, but in the process of fighting for more, my hope is we can not get so lost in the expectation of more that we forget to be grateful for what already is, and celebrate the blessings everyday.
Gratitude - we can never have enough and if we look around we have a million and one reasons everyday to be grateful ... we are always going to find what we are looking for ... are we looking for what isn’t working? What isn’t good enough? Something to complain about? Or we looking for blessings? For joys? For reasons to celebrate and be thankful?
It always comes down to perspective.
I love the quote, “if we don’t like something, change it, if we can’t change it, change the way we think about it”
We always have a choice. Do we want to live our life in gratitude? Or complaint?
PS ... there is truly beauty everywhere .... it’s such a blessing to be able to make the choice to be bold and adventurous and explore other nooks and crannies of the world, but it’s important to always remember that their is beauty right in our own backyard - going far to experience it is such a gift, but not necessary... one must just open her eyes & be willing to see what is all around.
It’s in the sunrise, the sunset, the stars, the clouds, the raindrops, the moon, the flowers, the trees, the hillsides, the mountain tops, the coast line, the lakes, the salt water ocean air.. it’s in farms and fields, meadows and ponds, it’s in flat and hilly, hot and cold, east and west & so much more. It’s in nature and people, land near and far, clean and dirty and everything in between. Gosh, life really is a dream... we get to choose what kind of dream 💕