Necklace from my shop.
I’m a big fan of gratitude. I love the quote “gratitude turns what we have into enough” and I believe it to be true. We live in a world that tells us that the more we have the happier we’ll be. The problem with this theory is that no matter how much we have, there will always be something we don’t have. There will always be someone out there with more. If we believe that having more will make us happier, we can never really be satisfied because we can never have quite enough. I believe that great happiness comes from learning to appreciate what we already have and modifiying our definition of “enough” to suit our true needs, rather than what the world around us tells us we “need”. In doing this we may just realise that we already have enough or, at the very least, that “enough” is less than we originally imagined…
All of this sounds pretty preachy, but I know that when I’m feeling down or pining for things I don’t have, it really does help to take a step back, look around me and take note of all that I already have to be thankful for. So what am I grateful for on this cold and rainy Saturday?
I am grateful for this earth which, though sometimes dark and frightening, is also full of magic. I am grateful for having been born in a prosperous country where I have freedom, peace and opportunity. I’m grateful for having received a good education. I’m grateful for having never gone hungry. I am grateful for winter sunshine, flanelette sheets and warm socks. I am grateful for family who love me and have always tried to do their best for me. I am grateful for a partner who is more kind, supportive and wonderful than I could ever put into words. I am grateful for op-shops and flea markets. I am grateful for a house that, though shabby and cold, shelters us from the weather and is ours. I’m grateful for Sebby, Poppy and Daisy, our fur babies, who fill our hearts with joy and make our house a home. I am grateful for mugs of tea. I am grateful for electricity and running water. I am grateful for my fledgling business and every lovely person who has supported it. I am grateful for my good health and my body which, though far from perfect, allows me to walk this beautiful earth. I am grateful for the difficult times in my life which have taught me valuable lessons and helped me to grow. I am grateful for fresh produce from the farmers market. I am grateful for my sense of humour. Finally, I am grateful for this space, which allows me to share what’s in my heart. I am grateful for each one of you, for reading and caring and sharing your own thoughts…
What are you grateful for today?
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