Sorry I haven’t written much lately, dealing with a personal crisis of sorts the last few weeks that have been taking up a lot of headspace and requiring more time to keep the wheels on. I plan to write about it at some point, but the mud is still wet on my boots, so to speak. In a busy-ish summer on top of that, my motivation for writing has been fairly low, though I do have good starts to some content in my drafts folder. Certainly I’m thinking about my internet friends out there, despite my lack of recent reading (blogs and so forth) or interactions.
I’ve been thinking about Gratitude a lot lately, and is certainly something I’ve discussed before. Instead of getting drawn into the weeds of day to day life, if you and I remember how amazing our lives are, we would be infinitely happier.
Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of money. My family shopped thrift stores for clothes, and my brothers got my hand-me-downs. I wasn’t a ladies man by any means, and was totally awkward until I was about 16. My confidence was shaky at best and had no idea what my life would hold. I couldn’t imagine it would be as wonderful as it is. Though I’m no Tony Robbins jetting around the world rubbing elbows with famous people, my life is pretty amazing and I often forget to appreciate this. Because of that, I’m lost in my brain and grumpier or unhappier than I ever need to be. Instead of focusing on amazing kids, a great house, a wife who I love dearly and who likes to bang in the shower, and all that I have in my pocket I often end up overthinking things or at least forgetting to stop and smell the roses.
I came across the following quote by Dr. Patch Adams (you know, the dude that inspired that awful movie by Robin Williams):
At the age of 18, I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. I dove into an endless sea of gratitude from which I’ve never emerged.
I’m guessing most of you aren’t swimming in that endless sea, but are perhaps swimming in an endless zombie sea of iPads, internet threads, Facebook, and the like. Time to unplug and stop worrying about the Joneses. Time to stop bickering and fighting and instead start loving. Time to focus more on the wonderful things we all have instead of what is missing in our lives.
By taking a few minutes each day, maybe when you wake up in the morning to start things off, to be grateful for our health, our friends, our opportunities, our pets, our minds, our lives. That we can feel the wind in our faces, or watch a thunderstorm roll towards the safety of our homes or a kid do something we think is mundane but somehow make it adorable. So wake up, close your eyes and reflect on what your grateful for. Feel the love course through your veins, and remember how privileged we all are to partake in this blessing.
You all work so hard, and sacrifice so much, the least you can do is to remember to feel happy for the beauty and grace we already have.