Today I wanted to talk about something a bit different. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a blog post like this but I felt like it’s important that I write this down not only for the benefit of others but to also hold myself accountable.
I am guilty of not always appreciating the little things but aren’t we all? It’s unfortunate that in todays materialistic and consumer driven society it’s not uncommon to forget to be grateful and content with what you have.
We get so caught up in everything that we want we often forget to appreciate the little things. I’m sure we all know someone who has thrown around their old phone in hopes of breaking it so they can get the new IPhone.
I went through a rough patch not too long ago where I was very unhappy and just wasn’t myself. My mum asked me why I hadn’t been happy lately and I replied with “Because I can’t find any reason to be”. My worldly-wise mother replied with “what do you mean? you’re perfectly healthy, you have a wonderful life, a loving family! What’s not worth smiling about?”
Surprise, surprise! My mum was right. Most of my worries went away and whatever worries were left I accepted them and moved on. Sometimes even the most simple thing is worth a smile, worth gratitude.
So before I end this blog post I just wanted to leave you with some food for thought.
If you are troubled here are some quotes I found very helpful:
When everything is going wrong: “…they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is protecting something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born – and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible” Anne Lamott
When worried about a set back: “And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Being minimalist/grateful: “who could have known that more would make us feel less?” – Erin Loechner
I found all these quotes in Erin’s book “Chasing Slow”, I highly recommend this book if you are wanting to practise gratitude or even pursuing a minimalistic lifestyle.
Thank you for reading and I hope this blog post is somewhat helpful.
What are some of the things you are grateful for or forget to be grateful for?
Lil Out X