Hands up if you saw that one coming? Okay, you can put your hands down now 😛
There is much in life that we can moan about but on the flipside, there is also much that we can be grateful for.
I’m sure that most of us growing up were taught to be grateful for the vegetables on our plates at dinner time with constant reminders from our mothers that there were starving children in Africa who would love to eat the vegetables you were pushing around with your fork.
I’m not making light of the famines in Africa and other countries that have occurred over the years. The point of that sentence is to show that no matter what is happening in our lives, there is always someone, somewhere who has it worse than we do. There is always someone who would be grateful to experience the things that we find difficult.
Are you complaining about the mud and constant rain? There are farmers out there who are suiciding because they are watching their livelihoods crumble around them due to drought.
Are you complaining about having to go to work each day? There are others who are struggling to find a job.
Are you complaining that your mobile (cell) phone has a cracked screen? Do you really need to know that this is a first world problem?
It doesn’t matter what type of day we are having (and believe me there are some shockers of days out there) there is always something contained within that day that we can be grateful for.
I’ve spoken about Gratitude Journals before. In an ideal world, I would actually remember to write in it each night. However I don’t. In my world though, I do attempt to take the time every so often to pull out my journal and write down the things that I am grateful for in my life. I also have a little voice that often whispers in my mind and reminds to me look at what is so right with my life when I am only looking at what is wrong. (There’s that change in perspective thing I wrote about a couple of weeks ago).
To be grateful, we do indeed need to change our perspective.
We need to change from a perspective of selfishness (and ‘it’s all about me’) to one of joy and gratitude (which is also about you really).
A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a colleague about perspective and she told me about a lady that she knows who is always bright, happy and upbeat. My colleague asked this lady how she can be this happy day after day. This woman replied that never used to be like that and spent her life in perpetual sadness however one day she made a conscious effort to look for the beauty and joy in that day. One day turned into two and so on and so forth. Today, she is a ray of light for all who spend time with her.
She learned to be grateful for the little things.
And when she learned gratitude – she found happiness.
So today I am grateful for:
- The opportunity to write my book. (And on that note, I hope those who expressed interest have been receiving emails from me. And if there is anyone else who would like to tell their story about depression and how they cope with it in their daily lives then please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org )
- The water feature outside my window. I always smile when I hear it and know that it was put there by my GG just for me
- The morning breeze
- A late start at work. (It means that I can get some things done around the house).
- This blog and the opportunity it has given me to connect with so many people from around the globe
- My family and the little things they do for me (and with me)
- My fabric stash (apparently she who dies with the most fabric wins lol)
- My creativity (although it doesn’t get a work out as often as I would like)
- Too many other things to bore you with
Now it’s your turn.
What are YOU grateful for today?