So many times in life it’s easy to focus on what we don’t have or haven’t accomplished.
- I didn’t hit my time goal in that last race
- I don’t have my dream job
- I’m not as tall/pretty/smart/lucky as she is
- I can’t believe I ate all those cookies
- I’m so frustrated I haven’t had my baby yet (what? I’m just talking generic frustrations here)
Momentary self doubt or frustration about your station in life is normal, even healthy, in my opinion. It motivates you to set a goal, make a plan, reach for success and achieve it. However, sometimes a change in focus is necessary, too.
What about all the things that you already have- that you probably take for granted most of the time? I’m talking to myself here, too. If I take the time to sit down and take inventory… WOW. I have so much to be grateful for.
- Family. My incredible husband who I am still giddy about getting to spend the rest of my life with. My loving, close knit family that I was blessed to be raised in- both immediate and extended. The amazing family I married into. Can I tell you what a blessing it is to love your in-laws? Phew– I lucked out on that one!
- Friends. Those I’ve known since we had braces, to those I’ve recently gotten to know. People to lean on, that understand where you’re coming from. Friends that care enough to want to hear what you have to say, even if they don’t understand where you’re coming from. Old friends I may not talk to as often, but that brighten my day when I get a call or message from.
- Health. I try my hardest not to take this for granted, but I often do. I need to remind myself more often how blessed I am do have an able, working body and mind that allows me to hike mountains, speak with sarcasm, splash in the water, think for myself, curl up on the couch, laugh until I cry and grow a human life.
- Being an American. No matter how many times I roll my eyes at political policies I don’t agree with or worry about how entitled each new generation is getting, I love this country. I love that we all have the opportunity to make our lives what we want them to be with hard work and perseverance.
And speaking of the US…
10 years ago from this Sunday I know exactly where I was. I was beginning my senior year of high school. In fact, I was in the first class room on the left through the back doors of Sprayberry High School. I was in AP English. That’s when we heard the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center.
We turned on the TV to try and learn more, but soon the bell rang and I wandered out in the hall with the rest of my classmates, not really knowing what was going on.
The ran up to the first person I saw (Hi Travis!) and told him what had happened. At that point we didn’t know what was going on… a freak accident?
But as we all know… it was no accident.
I remember how quiet everything seemed for the rest of the day. Classrooms set silent as we all stared at the TV, trying to understand. Some students were in the hallways crying or trying to call friends and family. I was pretty much frozen in disbelief.
10 years have passed since September 11, 2001, even though it seems like it was just yesterday. And although I remember the uncertainty and fear I felt that day and the weeks after, that’s not what I choose to remember.
Instead, I choose to remember the heroes that came running to the rescue of people they didn’t know. I choose to remember the way our country pulled together. I choose to remember all the people I am so lucky to have in my life and all the wonderful things I am blessed with. I choose to remember not to take life for granted, because you never know which day will be your last.
And sometimes remembering what you are grateful for is all it takes to gain some perspective. That yes, we all face frustrations and challenges, but stop for a moment this weekend and be thankful for what you do have. I know I will.
What are you grateful for?
Do you remember where you were 10 years ago this Sunday?