Too often we are consumed by the petty things in life. All those day to day things that seem to bog us down. Lately I have had a string of bad things happen – appliances quitting and needing to be replaced, numerous car problems, trips to CHEO for my son – never ending list of things happening all at once. It seems as though the black cloud just doesn’t want to leave our house. I was feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, lost, angry at the world!! We also then had 2 deaths of people quite close to us. Not to mention, they were both on the same day.
This is what started to put things into perspective for me. We are approaching Thanksgiving here in Canada. Why is it that for most of us, it seems we are only thinking off all that we are thankful for on this one day?!? Personally, I know I dwell a lot on things that maybe are negative or might be out of my reach right now. Lack of money, lack of clothes, lack of time to myself, lack of…lack of…lack of….!! Enough with focusing on what I DON’T have and start focusing on what I DO have.
If death can teach us anything, it is to be thankful that we are here, alive and (hopefully) with those that we love and love us in return! So I have started to *try* to stop dwelling on the negatives that I can’t quite change right now, and focus on what is right in front of me and am so blindly missing on a daily basis.
So as I sit down to our Thanksgiving meal this year, I will be THANKFUL for:
* snuggles with my kids * friends who are always there * family, no matter where they are *
* A GREAT LOVE IN MY LIFE * a place to call home * the sound of wind rustling the leaves *
* my body, which carries me always * nature all around me * holding my child’s hand *
* SINGING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS * love, always love * laughter * sunshine *
There are so many little things every day that we need to stop, and preserve in ourselves. Moments to treasure and take forward. When we are 100 years old, we won’t be worried about the fridge that died and needed to be replaced, cars we had, clothes we wore. It is the bigger sentiments and those little moments we need to hold on to, before they slip away.
Slow down. Breathe. Enjoy what is right in front of you, NOW. Be thankful you are here.
This is what I am thankful for and what I wish you this holiday weekend.