This post is going to be a little different for me, but I hope you all will enjoy it just the same. We are about to enter into the month of "thankfulness" - you know November! I like to think I'm pretty thankful for things year round, but with the craziness of every day life, I rarely stop and think about my blessings, and I don't mean in the #blessed way, but I mean in the truly blessed to be alive and healthy way.
I think sometimes I unintentionally "stop" and do it when I capture a sunrise or beautiful and peaceful street - but day to day it's hard.
Living and working in the city you see a lot of sad situations. I was on my way home from work recently and saw a family with two small children, both of whom were in wheelchairs. My eyes immediately started to well up with tears for obvious reasons, but more so because there were things that day I was so annoyed with and probably could have handled better, but it was nothing compared to what people face every day. It usually is an encounter like this that sparks something in me, be it empathizing with them, feeling for them or whatever that emotion, I feel it and for a few days after have a hard time shaking the feeling of needing to improve myself. This time instead of forgetting that feeling, I wanted to actually do something about my outlook.
I like to think of myself as a genuine and kind person, but I can be better.
I like to think of myself as a supportive and caring wife, but I can be better.
I like to think of myself as a good sister and daughter, but I can be better.
There are things I know I can improve upon and rather than worry about to-do lists for this next month I want to focus on bettering myself in the ways I mentioned above and focus on things that I have to be thankful for. I think if I can make this a priority for myself - it will be second nature going forward.
I want to challenge myself to do that because I think it will make the weight of those to-do lists and never ending tasks (that I willingly add on myself) less of a burden!
So rather than wait until the day before Thanksgiving to share what I'm thankful for - here's a few I am always thinking of!
~The ability to get out of bed every morning and greet the new day
~My health and the health of my family
~My ability to work and do things I'm passionate about
~The ability to come to this space every day and speak to you!
Hope you have a great Thursday! How do you stop yourself from forgetting the blessings that you have?
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