Ever wake up to a new day in a frenzy?
You immediately think of every task that you need to accomplish. I can promise you that there will always be laundry to do, dishes to wash or errands to run.
How do you find time to be grateful for the small things though?
You have to remember to be present in the moment. Ever have a conversation with someone and not remember anything that they said? Or picture that reversed.
When has that happened to you?
We live in a world where we are constantly in a hurry. To get to the next thing on our lists of things that should get done. When we live in this state of mind that is when we miss out on the small things.
The small things really aren’t all that little if you think about it. They are usually the moments that we encounter with those that we love. They are opportunities of happy living that can either fall in our lap or fall out of our grasp if we aren’t paying attention.
Chances where we can create meaningful memories. Think of your life as a scrapbook. Each space on the page can represent a special moment.
What do your pages look like?
Remember that your pages will include times that might not make you feel grateful. How do you put yourself in a place where you can express gratitude?
Start by saying thank you out loud. Write it down in a journal or a notebook. Think of some ways that you want to show gratitude.
One of my favorite ways is to tell someone who they are doing a great job. Especially when they least expect it. I make them feel valued because I am grateful for what they have done.
Who is that person for you?
Your daughter, your son, a parent, a friend or your spouse? Slow down with that list of never-ending tasks. Always being busy keeps us from enjoying those around us.
What is the worst thing that could happen if you did slow down? It might mean that you won’t put the dishes away or hang up your clothes or complete a project that has a deadline.
Those moments that you are meant to spend with others are waiting on you. You’ll be grateful for not being as busy. We all get the same 24 hours on any given day.
I am grateful for sitting down with my family for a special meal. Hanging out at home and renting a movie too. For moments when I can face time with my mother or talk to a good friend on the phone.
You become a better version of yourself when you appreciate all of these things. I know that I want to live my life less rushed and more aware. I’m not promoting laziness or not ever getting your household chores done, but am promoting being in the moment.
Those moments add up to be some incredible memories and heartfelt moments. To this day I still remember my son telling me that he could hear my heart beeping when he was a little kid. It may not sound like much, but to me it was one of my heartfelt moments.
It is so easy to get caught up in all of the things that we want to do. To do all of the other stuff and not the real stuff that matters more.
Maybe today is your day to let go and start living life at a slower pace. Enough that you will be able to write about it in your journal. Go do something that will bring joy to other people around you.
Be spontaneous. Live without rules for a day. See what happens when you do.
Revert to being like a kid again and cutting loose. Those are the moments that I’m talking about. The ones that can only happen if you pause and take a break from the things that are part of the daily grind.
Look around you and take it all in. Get ready and see who you can impact with your time. Your opportunity is waiting to be opened like a gift.
I know that I am definitely being more present with those that I love. My family is the apple of my eye along with my dear friends. I am grateful for the laughs and all of the love.
It’s your turn to do the same for yourself. Retire your watch and calendar for a day. You’ll love what is waiting on the other side of that when you do.
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