I am grateful for humbling moments.
Moments where you feel the greatness of the world around you are moments I do not take for granted. Nature tends to do it for me, but there are also quiet and small moments when life jolts you and throws it all into perspective. I’m grateful for those immense moments of grandeur and the tiny, seemingly insignificant moments that can catapult you into eating a slice of humble pie (if you’re willing to look).
I’m thankful for the moments that humble me.
I am grateful for LOVELY PEOPLE.
Grateful for those who radiate goodness, who exude happiness, those who glow! It’s from the inside out that we shine. Lovely and kind people are awesome – we should all feature that about ourselves more often!!
Grateful for people’s understanding.
We all make mistakes. Thank you to those who understand and even those who don’t – it gives me thicker skin.
I am grateful for quiet.
Ironically, I sit here trying to gather my thoughts as my ears are graced with the sound of my kid neighbour’s drumming. Happy Family Day to everyone! Buddy got a drum set for Christmas, and to be fair, there has been an improvement. My dream is that he soon comes to know the sweet sounds of jazz, because the solid 4 beat drumming that I’m sure sounds better with a band, is sort of becoming irritating.
Regardless, I came here to talk about stillness – not the little boy who lives behind me and his drumming career. After working 12 hours and wrapping my day up with a less than stellar staff meeting, I jumped on the bus to come home. It was cold. I was tired. The bus driver didn’t stop at my stop… The list goes on, and believe me, I was worn out without a smile in sight.
Hood up, I was trudging through the snow nearly home when all of a sudden I stopped. I looked around and noticed the stillness. I took my hood down so I could really hear the quiet. It was beautiful. I was alone and the only sound that kept me company was a quiet buzz of the street light in the distance.
I’m grateful that even when exhausted, I could stop and smile, stop and enjoy my surroundings, stop and find peace in the coldness.
I’m grateful for being busy.
Momentum is good and if that’s a good thing, I should be doing freaking fabulous!! Life can get hectic, life can be overwhelming, and we all get stressed out but that’s the thing… We’ve all got our stuff and we all get stressed out!!
One of my favourite quotes, “a healthy mind has an easy breath” is what carries me through. Having nothing to do would be awful! It’s nice to feel needed, it’s amazing I’m working so much, it’s a gift that I can do it all. Love your busy times as much as your down time – and if you can’t, surely you will savor those quiet times that much more. The busyness makes everything that much sweeter.
I’m grateful for a full calendar and a full life.
I am grateful for unexpected beauty.
The gorgeous thing about “unexpected beauty” is that you can find it anywhere! When I’m stressed, or upset, or tired, or just plain old cranky, I know it’s tough to lift yourself from these places but this is when we should all dig a little deeper and find that beauty. Shed those cranky eyes and find a fresh softness in your outlook.
The cracks on a side walk, worn material, the effect of the sun, an exchange between strangers, the laugh lines of a loved one, reoccurring colours and patterns, strange circumstances – these are all beautiful.
Soften your gaze and know that it’s beautiful to someone. Love that and find that. It takes strength and focus to constantly challenge yourself to see the beauty in unexpected places; come to expect it.