Sunday Gratitude

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Today I am grateful for health.  We’ve had some minor illness running through the house but we are feeling pretty good.  We are so fortunate to have the tools we need to take care of ourselves and we have access to nutritious food to help us along the way.  I know it isn’t perfect, but we are really lucky to be able to support our son and make sure he develops a healthy immune system along the way. 

Today I am grateful for steps and communication.  I’m a huge communicator—well, maybe a huge talker.  But this week I learned the importance of communicating and taking steps toward creating the life I want.  That involves being honest and letting people know your intentions and what you need for yourself.  I will add more detail about this later this week but I want to highlight that it is so important to speak your intentions into existence and to be clear about where you’re headed. 

Today I am grateful for making decisions on my own.  I’ve often made decisions around protecting my current life.  I always thought I could take steps toward what I wanted while maintaining what I have until what I want is big enough to sustain the new way of life.  This is true for the most part.  But when it comes to creation, there clarity is important as well as a certain level of faith.  In order to move forward, we have to accept that we don’t know the whole way while also understanding we can’t learn the way or move forward without taking our feet off the current step. I will also speak about this more later this week, but it is important to look at the why behind the decision as well as the what.  Defining those things really defines the goal and it makes the doing much more clear.

Today I am grateful for releasing fear.  In the process of creating a new life fear is bound to come up.  There is the uncertainty I mentioned above as well as the unknown.  The uncertainty I’ve found lingers around whether or not we will be able to do it.  The unknown creates fear around whether or not you can handle what comes because on a new path you have no idea what may come…which creates more uncertainty and fear.  Over the last few days I’ve had the pleasure of taking steps toward the life I want in new ways.  Those steps, while small, were incredibly significant.  I had a lot of fear around one of those steps and it is certainly one that I would never have taken previously.  I’m proud that I took that step and can start working toward clarifying what comes next—I never could have done that before, not without acknowledging this.  It took a lot to let go of that fear but I am so grateful I did.

Today I am grateful for fun.  This weekend, while it doesn’t look like it normally does, was still filled with a lot of fun things.  We were able to spend quality time together, we were able to get a few things for our future endeavors/our business, we were able to see some friends.  So often I look too far ahead and forget where I’m at.  I forget to enjoy what is good about this moment right here.  In this moment I am working, watching my son and husband nap, and I feel completely at ease.  This is peace.  This is contentment.  I am grateful to have created contentment in this moment here. 

Today I am grateful for sacrifice.  There is a lot I want to do right now in this very moment.  Everything from spending money to taking a wild vacation to napping to building a business to cleaning the entire house to selling everything and running away.  But I am so grateful for this moment where I am not doing any of those things.  I’m looking at the long term gain and I know that sacrificing those wants right now will produce something amazing in the end.  Life is short and yes, there are times when we will give in and take what we want now because it’s fleeting and we want to feel joy.  But I am grateful for looking at the long term and asking what serves the purpose of the long term NOW.  I am grateful to know there is something at the end that we both want, something we are both headed for now.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.

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