I am in awe of this world we live in.
Yet, there are several days when I forget about it. I forget about the beauty around me when I am caught up in my daily humdrum. I forget about the amazing things in my life when I am caught up with my sorrows and worries. I forget the love of friends and family when I am drowning in politics and paperwork at work. I forget the power of a smile or a kind word when I am consumed by anger about injustices.
Just like most of us.
It is easy to get caught up in the sorrows, the anger, the hatred, the worries, the frustrations and to complain and whinge about everything around us. It is even easier to grumble about what we don’t have…what we want…what we think we are entitled to and deserve. And consequently, it becomes easy to forget what we do have.
Gratitude hits me at times taking me by surprise. Like on a drive back home after a frustrating day. As I drive across Tom Ugly’s bridge towards home, I am forever grateful to be living in a beautiful part of this world. At other times, it takes more effort. Like to be thankful to have beautiful places close to home to unwind. And even just being thankful for good health. I know I am forever grateful for the family I have. And the lovely friends I have made. I can dig deeper and be thankful for the opportunities I have had. That I have been fortunate in life. And I am grateful for having a job that I love that also helps me pay my mortgage.
There is so much to be thankful for in life. We just have to make an effort to realise it. And to remember to not take it all for granted. Personally, I haven’t gotten into the whole gratitude journal thing. But I often wonder about it. Will it make me more conscious about being thankful? Or should I just let the moments of thankfulness come as they do every few days?
I am not sure yet.
But I do know being thankful about what I have makes me content with living my life.
How about you? Do you keep a gratitude journal? Or do you just prefer to be thankful in other ways?
Until next time,