It’s A Day to be Grateful

The other morning I was relaxing with my cup of coffee and just having some quiet time to myself. Yes… there are days, being a mother and wife, I get to sneak in some time for myself… I have mastered this over the years! It does not happen often, but I do get to enjoy my “Me time” once in a while.
(I promise YOU can too!)

Anyway… I was thinking of my past and events that have happened – life in general. I started thinking about my children and where I live today, old and new friends that have become a part of my life over the years, the people I love most, and then I started to think of my husband – my beautiful soul whom I adore and who keeps me busy more than my kids do, at times!
Throughout my thoughts I found myself having this sense of fulfilment wash over me. It was a strange feeling, but nonetheless, I felt safe. I was at peace.
On some days, and I am sure we have all experienced this at some point, I feel like I am running an uphill marathon and I can not see the finish line, or feel close enough to having a rest, and other days I bounce from moment to moment hoping that something good will come my way, or I will hear some positive news instead of all the negativity that can overwhelm us, and other days I get so tired of the ‘mundane routine of life’ I recluse to zombie like mode and wait for the feeling to subside (I am grateful this state does not last long!!!).
But, on this day I was not running a marathon, I was not cleaning the house or making any of my family members food or rushing out the house to get somewhere on time, in that moment I was sitting alone on my couch enjoying my cup of coffee and my thoughts and a sad reality came to my mind… “When last did I say Thank you”?
I couldn’t remember!
It is an absolute must to be grateful, and most times we are, other times we find it easier to complain (and that most of us do oh so well!), but it occurred to me that I hadn’t actually expressed myself to my loved ones in quite a while!
My “Me time” didn’t last much longer after that thought, as my kids rushed inside all hot and sweaty looking for juice and breaking my moment of silence.
My “ME time” was over, in seconds! And so were my thoughts of making the perfect opportunity to tell my loved ones how grateful I am for them!

The rest of the day continued, as normal, and the days followed. I never thought about it again, but ultimately it was on the tip of my tongue to say “Thank you”, especially to the one I love most.
A few days later my hubby and I were chatting about some decisions we were finalising and throughout our discussions and trying to make sense of our decision, I had my points (actually many!) and he had his, but one of the topics which came up is that I never seem grateful, or say it!
I couldn’t argue the fact, because it was a few days prior I had the same thought in my head.

In my defense, it isn’t that I am not grateful, because I truly am, but it isn’t something we remember to do every day, or every time we think to do it we rush out and verbalise it. Most of us are grateful for life, or happy with the lives we live, but how often do we verbally say it out loud, at the right times to the right people?
Probably not that often.
As the days have moved along, being grateful and actually verbalising it has been one of my new priorities, and do you know the truth? I feel so much better for actually saying it out loud! It has kind of given me this new release for positive thinking, a positive mood, a new setting for my day and I have noticed my family has been more open to being “grateful” and happy than they were before.
It sounds like such a ‘silly thing’ but in fact, it has changed quite a lot in our every day existence in our lives, and my husband seems to be more fully charged than before!

It is said that a habit is formed in three days, so I guess I have formed a great new habit!
Perhaps being grateful is something you have no problem doing, some people just ooze gratuity, but others, such as myself, find it a little harder to work at, or express.
If you are someone, like me, who is grateful for life, but doesn’t always express yourself, try it! I promise you it will make a world of difference in your every day life, to the others around you and in your family – your children will see you doing it and notice the difference, and they too will pick up on and enjoy the positive energy you send out.

Being grateful is also not always easy, especially if you are not quite happy with where you are in your life at present, or circumstances are preventing you from truly being grateful, but through each day, through each difficulty there is always something to be grateful for. Think about it! Only you can make a difference in your daily life.

Let the start of your day be the start of being grateful for something, even if it’s the littlest thing… and when you have discovered it, tell someone! Let it be known, it will increase the chances of your day being greater and recharge someone else’s day too.

Live it, live a little more and don’t be shy to admit it!
Have an awesome day!

Love and God Bless,
Cindy.

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