Gratitude turns what we have into enough
A little bit of a different post for the page today, not health related, not fitness related. Just relatable to life. Exercise is good for the mind and the body, but so is reflection ☺️.
First of all, I hope we are all keeping well and good during lockdown. I think it’s week 4, and I think it’s a Sunday, but who even knows.
For those of us unable to work at this present time, it can be a funny old feeling. Days turn into long hours, weeks turn into a mush of different days, weekends are now no different to week days, and life as we now know it is very different to what we once knew.
We’ve got a lot of spare time on our hands these days, and who knows how long for.
I’ve seen lots of memes, posts on Facebook, and stories on Instagram of humans wishing this time away, longing for days to go back to normal, wishing for everything to be over and running smoothly again by tomorrow.
Aside from all the illness and heartache that this time has bought, I’m not ashamed to say that I am enjoying every moment of lockdown.
Don’t get me wrong, at the very first thought of lockdown I was anxious, worried, uncertain, and I’m sure there are many more words I could use to describe how I felt.
But upon reflection…
On a normal run of the thing we call life…we constantly wish time away. We long for the weekend wishing the weekdays to pass, we look forward to a Friday night, we moan about Monday coming around on a Sunday evening.
We stress over not having enough hours in a day, our work consumes us, we don’t see our children or our better halves as much as we would like because we have too much to do in the little time that we have.
In hindsight, we’ve literally just been given the opportunity to SLOW DOWN.
When you sit on your sofa not knowing what day it even is, sit back and think how all of this craziness can actually be a huge positive 🌈.
I’ve enjoyed so much spending time with my family, not answering to the hour on my watch, not being a slave to my alarm clock, not worrying about material things that actually don’t matter.
I’ve enjoyed the calmness of the world, the quiet on a daily walk, the clear skies and the spring bloom making the world look beautiful. When we are so rushed and living with blinkers on we don’t get to see all of this. It just passes by.
We’ve been granted a Friday evening…every day of the week, Monday now comes around but none of us moaned about Sunday being over anymore. Those usually rushed off their feet with work can work at a pace that they are comfortable with. We can enjoy and take in what actually matters and means the most. And what matters and means the most is love. On many different levels ❤️.
I miss my Mum and Dad, the boys miss their grandparents, but they will still be there when all of this over. We speak everyday, which is now a little more than we did before. I miss my friends and I’m so excited to see them, but again, we make the effort to keep in touch day to day. FaceTime and video chat is a life saver. It’s bought a normality that we never knew we needed ☺️.
It’s so easy to take things for granted, and I don’t mean material things like cars or money, I mean life and everyday blessings.
We plod along with life because we can. Because it’s what we are used to. Because we don’t even have to think about what would happen if we didn’t have ‘normal life’.
And through this very odd time we have simply been reminded how blissful ‘normal life’ is.
I know for certain that I will never take anything for granted again. Because we are never truly certain when we won’t have it for a moment.
So I am grateful, grateful for the closeness that it has bought amongst humans, grateful for the time I have with my family…meaning all the more now than it did before, grateful for the time to reflect, question and connect. Grateful for the blessing in a very odd disguise. Grateful for the world not turning just for a second so that when it does it means all that much more.
I’m not a religious person by any means, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason 🌦.
So if you do anything this weekend, have a think…and choose happiness over sadness, choose hope over fear, choose optimism over negativity. Just smile…and enjoy the standstill.
Because gratitude…turns what we have into enough 🌈.
Happy Sunday and stay safe ❤️.
*sit on your sofa and reflect but then please get up and move your body to burn some calories 😜
**I’m dead serious…move your butt 😉