Some days it’s difficult to feel particularly grateful. Today is one of those days. Let’s just say it’s frustrating to keep trying to do everything every day and do it well too without really getting what you expect. Or, even a breather. Sometimes I wonder if that’s too much to ask for?
I started the day with a sullen mood and am probably going to be so the entire day. But then I chanced upon one of my past gratitude posts. It made me recall the importance of gratitude in life and what it taught me in retrospect a few months ago. Hence, I’m going to try the 3 finger gratitude rule today. Who knows I might just feel a little better at the end of it?
Well, August was just as hectic as any other month has been for me recently. Weekdays were a blur and weekends, well, those were about trying to get at least some respite. A constant battle to find time for myself continued as I went from one chore to the next. But let’s not delve on that as I don’t what to start ranting. It’s a gratitude post after all.
She steps in every time I need her to take care of M when S is away. I realise that I take this little sister of mine for granted all the time. Anytime I call her, she’s ready to come and help me. She is also doing all the things I’m doing for M and I won’t insult her by thanking her for that. Yes, because M is as much hers as mine. But yes, I’m grateful to have her as my sister. I wouldn’t want anyone else in her place. She is perfect and my little baby even today. I’m going to do something special soon to tell her she is still my first baby. I can’t thank my stars enough for having brought her into my life.
Well, I’m currently working on a very hectic project with one of the key deliverables resting on my shoulders. And did I mention without any support? It’s stressful, no doubt but I’m learning a lot. The thing about being pushed into the sea without knowing how to swim is that you eventually start kicking to survive, reach the surface and stay afloat. Doesn’t matter then that you never knew how to. Maybe I’ll learn to drift through the rough waters of a demanding job after working in this. In a weird kind of a way, I’m grateful for that. It makes me want to do well, really well and I like this drive even if there are 100s of things I wish would change at work and even more vying for my attention.
Well, it would be rather vain of me if I didn’t feel grateful for all that I have. A family which is ready to listen to my almost non-stop complaints as I go about my daily chores. It’s a wonder they don’t shut me up. Well, no that’s not entirely true for they do sometimes shut me up but only for my own good. A daughter who loves me and showers me with kisses when I’m least expecting. Yes, even though she doesn’t give me a moments respite, I love that goof ball of mine. Truth is when you read or come across the sort of news you do every day, I can’t help but take a moment to thank the power above for giving me all that I have. And my family for giving me the life that I lead today.
“Gratitude works its magic by serving as an antidote to negative emotions. It’s like white blood cells for the soul, protecting us from cynicism, entitlement, anger, and resignation.”
― Arianna Huffington, Thrive
It’s strange how thinking about all that you have makes what you don’t seem so small or inconsequential. If not that at least they give you the push to keep fighting. And in all this, if somehow you are able to hold on to what is actually important in life, I think that’s something you must be grateful for.
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” —IAIN THOMAS”
― Arianna Huffington, Thrive
Well, that’s all from me for today.
Before you go, tell me 3 things off the top of your head which you are grateful for.