Sunday Gratitude

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Today I am grateful for help.  There is so much in this world we take on alone.  Just because we logically know something, just because we know we are capable, doesn’t mean we have the capacity to do it.  It doesn’t mean that will be at the front of our minds every day.  We all need help.  Even though we all have infinite power and capabilities, we don’t have the capacity to do it all at once.  We all need someone to remind us to keep perspective and to take things one step at a time.  We can’t do it all at once nor do we really want to, if we are honest with ourselves.  We feel we only have ourselves to rely on, and that may be true in some cases, but we always have the option to reach out. 

Today I am grateful for joy.  I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the commitments that we have coming up over the holiday season. It’s coinciding with a lot of end of year activity at work as well as projects for my son and I’m not quite where I want to be in the scheme of things.  But I am grateful to remember that even though I have a ton of things to do, they are all things I do with joy.  They are things I love doing.  Yes, it can still feel like too much, but I still hear the song while I’m working.  I’m still seeing and feeling the joy of doing what I do.  That is reason enough to keep going. 

Today I am grateful to have the ability to bring joy to others.  Part of why I do what I do is because I thoroughly enjoy seeing other people happy.  I love seeing their excitement and wonder at what I’ve created.  I love witnessing the feeling that I brought back some of their happy memories as we are making our own new memories.  I am grateful to have the capacity to do those things and to experience joy myself.  I love that my message is received and that I’ve done this work with love.  As stressful as it can be, as much pressure as I put on myself, it is literally always worth it.  Time is precious and you never know when life happens, so taking the time to bring a little magic to the world creates a beautiful memory and spreads some happiness and light in a sometimes dark world.

Today I am grateful for expressions of love.  Life is never a straight line.  Even when you think you know someone, there is always something that takes us by surprise.  A few months ago I wasn’t sure which direction life was going for us.  A few weeks ago I nearly lost my mind, I was emotionally drained, and I felt like I was at rock bottom.  I had to learn how to take care of myself in a new way.  Today I spent time with my husband and son and my aunt and uncle, doing some reminiscing and exchanging stories.  We took an old Christmas tree off their hands and spent the rest of the afternoon setting it up.  My husband normally lets me do all of the decorating on my own—I know it overwhelms him to a degree.  Today he helped me and, for him, I know that is showing me he loves me. 

Today I am grateful for this moment of flow.  It’s later than normal, I’m still going for the evening, I still have to make dinner, but I’m doing ok.  I got some wonderful advice today which was prioritize what needs to be done now.  There is no possible way to do it all at once so take care of what needs to be done in this moment.  So that is where I’m at now.  I’m taking things one step at a time and taking care of what’s in front of me.  All will get done as it needs to.  There is plenty of time to get it all done—and there is time for what doesn’t get done now.  All is well.  So stay here and enjoy this moment.

Today I am grateful for being ok.  I’ve been waiting for that grand moment when all of life clicks together and all makes sense in the world.  I’ve been heading in the best direction I know trying to get to where I think I can flourish and there are some days it feels like I’m treading water.  And that is ok.  I spoke the other day about being goal oriented and my frustration with getting side tracked and not accomplishing or getting where I want to be.  But the reality is once we achieve all of those goals, what’s left?  We can’t spend all of our time stagnant and reliving the glory days.  We can’t spend our time projecting into the future, living in fear.  All we have is now, and now is ok.  If we are breathing, have a roof over our heads, water, food, clothing, if we can take one step forward—we are ok for now and that is enough. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.

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