I’ve had a certain spring in my step lately…a smile on my face, a sparkle in my eye. I have been happy, really happy. There have been no monumental changes around here…life is basically the same as it has always been. The change has been in my attitude, the way I look at things, the way I consider myself.
I have also had the opportunity to connect with some amazing women, many of whom are facing real challenges in their lives. It has made me think about my own values, about what I stand for. It has made me realise how lucky I am and how much I have to be thankful for.
Of course, we are all grateful for our families, our well being, having food on the table…but it goes beyond that. It’s great if you can take the time to appreciate the small things…eating snow peas straight from the garden (and even more exciting – your toddler enjoying them!), snuggling on the couch with our beautiful daughters who actually want to snuggle and be with us, having the opportunity to teach and guide and grow with them. Eating good, wholesome food and feeling well within our bodies, accepting we might not be perfect but we make a mean omlette and can get a five year old to drink a green smoothie….the list goes on and on.
Being mindful of all I am grateful for has seen a huge improvement in how I live my life. I smile more, I move more slowly, I have time to listen and care less about being perfect. I treat my body better and feel better for it. I am patient and kind to my Leonardo (who you may remember from a few posts back as the devil incarnated as a toddler) and we are now engrossed in a love affair so rich he lights up when he sees me and smothers me in sloppy, full-on-the-mouth kisses. I am hoping the time we spend together now will lead to some kind of easier path in the future…a friendship of kinds.
So, before you start worrying about me skipping off to hug trees or join a cult or something, I just want to say…it’s not that unusual, this being happy business. It’s how we all can be. We all have something in our life, some shining light, big or small to be thankful for. Take some time to reflect on what that is exactly for you…it will make you smile and brighten your day…I promise.
What are you thankful for? Do you do anything special to record your gratitude like a journal, photo gallery? Feel free to leave a comment and share the love…