I am forever and always in a state of gratitude. I can’t imagine life without the little moments when I say to myself, “Wow, I am so blessed.” I don’t think gratitude should only be recognized on a holiday. I believe we all should incorporate moments where look and honor how beautiful our lives are. Because life is truly remarkable. You may roll your eyes and think I am nuts. It’s not that I don’t recognize that life has tough moments, I do. But instead of letting experiences that are negative eat my soul (yes I think they do that), I bask in the sunshine even when it’s cloudy. I let tears come, but I smile through them. I have panic attacks, but they don’t stop me from enjoying my life. I spent my childhood angry and upset that I was in a constant state of pain, that I couldn’t be “normal” because my body would spontaneously shake uncontrollably and I couldn’t breathe. Now I realize I wasted a lot of precious moments being upset when I could’ve chosen to accept that I had panic attacks.
Today I really do live a life beyond my wildest dreams and below are the reasons why.
I am grateful for…
1. The children who have taught me what it means to unconditionally love
2. The people who have told me “no” because they have taught me to find the ones who will say “yes”
3. Family and all the kinds of family that exist
4. Simple daily moments of beauty
5. Hugs and lots of them!
6. My childlike wonder that still continues as I grow older
7. Kale, the leafy green that is the reason I am somewhat sane (surprised it wasn’t number one!?!)
8. My weaknesses because they have taught me true strength
9. The miracle of my body. I never have to tell myself to breathe, my body automatically does it without me thinking, that’s incredible!
10. The abundance of opportunities I have received (and the ones that are still to come)
I encourage you to DAILY find moments of gratitude. It has changed my life.I went from an unhappy girl to a blissful lady. I know taking the time to be grateful can do the same for you. Who doesn’t want to live a happy life? That would surely suck. You can control your happiness. Start with gratitude.