I went out for a drive last night. Sometimes I just need a minute away. Away from the noise and busyness that comes with a full life. A life I love but at times can be overwhelming. And this week has been so full already. Seeing the new changes on the house we are building. Starting a new position at work. Hitting my workout goals each day. Life can keep us so busy and hectic that we forget to stop and be grateful.
So I love the moments I’m reminded to slow down. Breathe. Take in the beauty of this world. And last night this amazingly beautiful sunset stopped me. It stopped my endless thoughts. Quieted my mood and activity. As I pulled my car over to just sit in awe for a moment I was reminded to be grateful for another day. To be thankful I get to see beautiful things.
The pictures do not show the awesome pink this actually was. It can’t show how the entire western sky was painted. I love the moments that take my breathe away.
Sometimes you just need a reminder. To Pause. Breathe. Enjoy. And how I love when the reminder is so pretty.
Do you practice gratitude moments? Not for the month of November. But in general, do you think about anything or everything you are thankful for?
I’m learning to get back into this practice with my morning routine. Writing down at least three things I’m grateful for each day. Sometimes these are simple things I easily take for granted. Other things are bigger than myself and my little world.
I’m finding this practice keeps me calmer and staying in a positive place. Recognizing all the parts of life that I’m blessed by.
As we head into a holiday weekend here in the US I encourage you to take the time to try this practice out. Stay in a state of thanksgiving and see what changes occur in your own personal world. See how your view becomes more positive, even if in the midst of any challenges.
I’m off to enjoy this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving all.
I was reading an article the other day about the power of gratitude. How the simple act of being thankful on the daily can rewire nuerons in your brain. How cool is that?!
One simple thing has that much power as to change my brain function?! And it’s such a simple choice to say thank you. To focus on the things you’re grateful for in your partner, kids, parents, job, etc. It’s too easy not to do.
Reflecting on how I can be thankful for more things more often. Perhaps a challenge will be on it’s way soon.
I know I’ve written often about gratitude but I have to again. This is a reoccurring theme these days. Today I’m overwhelmed with thankfulness for my life! I’m feeling sappy and smiling. Beautifully exhausted as we stayed up too late enjoying time without kids, which is a rare event.
The past (almost) year has been life changing. So many changes and more to come. But tackling life with a partner that loves and respects you is amazing, makes me believe anything is possible.
Not every moment of every day is wonderful. We get tired. We get short with the ones we love. But even those moments, once mended, bring us closer and create so much growth and connection that I can’t help but be thankful for them.
Just wanted to share the joy. And this message of gratitude. Hope you are having just as wonderful of a day.
There is something amazing that happens to your soul when you stay in a state of thanksgiving. It pours out of you. Smiles and laughter are hard to contain.