Swimming in gratitude…

Take time to smell the roses.
Take time to smell the roses.

I am so grateful.

That’s the only word I can think of at this point in time that can come close to what I’m feeling. Grateful.

I’m grateful for a lot of things. My husband. My friends and family. My parents who have truly been the most supportive and loving people I’ve ever known. But most of all I’m grateful for the blessings God’s given to me.

In our day-to-day living, so many things ‘go wrong’ for us. Our alarm doesn’t go off and we end up late for work or school or whatever we had planned and it seems to wreck the entire day. We wait in line for that yummy mocha that we just know will quench our yearning for a caffeine shock to the system, only to realize we left our wallet at home. We put on that new pair of shoes that match the purse, that coordinates perfectly with the blazer and bracelet, only to notice we forgot to put on the killer earrings that would set the entire outfit off.

In each of those scenarios, we tend to focus on what didn’t go right. But do we ever take the time to flip the situation around and really take stock of what did go right. So we were a little late that morning the alarm didn’t go off. We made it there safely anyway. Be grateful. We now have to drink at least two cups of coffee from the break room to get that extra pep in our step. Hey, at least someone else brewed it before you got to work. Be grateful. And yeah, maybe we forgot the earrings for the outfit, but at least now we have a reason to wear our hair up the next time with the outfit to show off those beautiful baubles. Be grateful.

I know these seem like trivial examples of gratitude. And maybe they are, but it’s the little things that count in life. Sometimes we have to stop and just realize exactly how much we have to be grateful for each and every day. Just think of how wonderful life could be if we started being grateful for the small things. When those even bigger things come along, just imagine how much joy we could experience. I’m convinced that we are not able to control anything around us, but we are able to control our gratitude.

This year has been amazing for me. (And yes, a lot of it has to do with my upcoming book release) But, I’m also truly grateful for the growth I’ve experienced. I finally learned a very valuable lesson. I’ve learned to ‘be in the moment.’ (I’m not perfect at it yet, but I’m working on it.) I’ve learned to just let go and enjoy life. Every bit of it because it’s so short. At times, I’ve let myself get so overwhelmed and I realize that if I continue to do that, there are a lot of things I’m going to miss out on.

So, I challenge each person that reads this to be grateful. Take time out of your day just to say thank you for one thing. I’ve seen people on Facebook listing three to five things per day for a five-day period, just to say what they are grateful for. I think that’s awesome. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone did that on a daily basis?

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