Are You Choosing Gratitude? Why You Should Be
For a solid two weeks now, I haven’t been able to do much more than unfold myself out of my down comforter only seconds before the baby wakes and the three-year old’s “quiet feet” hit the ground running.
This has, in fact, caused me to be behind in pretty much everything.
I haven’t gotten much done by way of work. In fact, while I’m normally a week or two ahead of schedule, I’m writing this post to you at 8:10AM this morning, JUST before posting.
I have laundry spilling out of laundry baskets just begging to be washed.
And my to-do list still has more items uncrossed than satisfyingly completed.
A few years ago, all of this would have me frazzled, overwhelmed, and ready to snap at the next, nearest victim at any given moment.
But not today.
In fact, I’m totally cool with how things have gone lately. It’s just life. If you don’t enjoy the moments in the margin, then what are you doing?
My moment in the margin is the sound of a (huge amount) of coffee percolating first thing in the morning, and the smell that seems to make it’s way to every nook and cranny in the house.
It’s the warmth of the fireplace crackling on a cold fall day.
It’s the 30 seconds of sweet, devoted snuggle time my one-year-old permits me.
I’ve spent a lot of time recently intentionally reflecting on all I have to be thankful for.
It’s not always easy to do, this whole “choosing gratitude” thing. It’s much easier to let life take over and follow the ebb and flow of the river of emotions that daily course through.
But choosing to be thankful – for sweeping the kitchen floor, for wiping runny noses, for watching that late-night Friends episode with my husband for the 30th time – is where life gets pretty perfect.
Now listen, this next part deserves to be said for all my fellow perfectionists out there.
It’s not perfect because life is perfect.
Far from it, actually.
But living your days choosing gratitude – choosing to be thankful – is where you will find your sweet spot.
Choosing to lead a thankful life changes everything.
And today, and every day, I’m choosing that.
What are you thankful for?