Do you ever have one of those weeks where you’re so stressed out you just wind up crying? Well, that was me this week. I’m so happy its Friday finally, and I can just chill out for a few days. I’ve actually been trying to focus on gratitude all week as a way to calm my emotions. Being able to recognize what’s Great in your life when everything seems to be going wrong is not an easy task. It’s something that takes practice and focus. I’m not very good at it yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying.
1. This week especially I’m very grateful for my physical health. On Wednesday after getting some disappointing news, I decided that the only way to turn the day around was to sweat out everything that was bogging me down. I went for a run, and just kept running and running and running. As I was running I was thinking of several years ago when I tore my ACL, and how depressed I got being laid up for so long. Afterwards I promised myself that I would never take being able to run for granted again, but lo and behold, I realized that I had forgotten that promise. While running around a beautiful bay front, next to sand and palm trees, under a warm sun, I felt very grateful for my body’s health, and even being able to run at all.
2. I have a friend/client who I had an awesome meeting with this week. The topic of the meeting was fairly mundane, but her enthusiasm for business, and our seamless communication makes even the dullest meetings exciting. There’s something really Great about a partnership that is so in sync. I know every time we get together its going to be interesting, inspiring, motivational, and thoughtful. I feel very grateful to have clients that I know support me as much as I support them.
3. I’m feeling really grateful for all the little projects in my life. As a creative person, I’ve always liked to keep my hands busy. My vegetable garden that is starting to sprout, the 2 loaves of bread I made, the picture frames I’m going to paint today all provide tiny little bits of joy in my days. It’s these small things that make me look forward to each week.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Despite being a seemingly crappy week, looking at this list I realize it’s actually not too shabby. I’ve been repeating this Buddha quote in my head all week as almost a mantra
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
Not every week can be amazing, but there is always something to be grateful for.