i read a quote a few weeks ago that’s been swirling in my head ever since, taking up space and occasionally swimming up the forefront of my thoughts. i can’t remember the exact words, but the idea was to wake up each morning grateful to be alive.
that simple. grateful to be alive. i certainly don’t wish i was dead—but am i thankful to have woken up this morning, breathing and vital?
have i ever said that in a prayer before? ‘thank you for letting me be here, on earth today.’ i don’t think that i have. what an incredible idea—to have a foundation of gratitude that starts at the very base of our existence. if i’m grateful for the chance to even be here and have this experience, if i’m simply grateful that i have been spared from accidents and illnesses—then everything else i have been given on top of that (which is a lot) is just more to be grateful for.
it’s such a simple idea that i have to back up from it to even see the whole thing. i almost can’t even wrap my brain around it. life is so intricate and delicate and i am so lost in my own world that it’s hard to even recognize that this life, on it’s own, is a gift.
then, the silver fox talked about gratitude, and just like a cheeseburger from in n out on a friday night, MAN that talk hit the spot. he said so many things that just hit home.
“could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? in other words, i’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.”
we chose this life. and no matter our individual circumstances, the whole experience is something beautiful, and there is much to be happy about. our situation is unique and perfect for us. it’s testing us & blessing us in ways that are supposed to shape us into the person we’re meant to become.
i’m not suggesting that we don’t get our time to unload our burdens—there are things to be sad about, to get frustrated over, to be vented. but they can be so easy to bounce back from if we’re simply happy to be here. happy to get a chance to live on this beautiful earth during this time of advancement and convenience and opportunity and learning. happy to get to be a tiny part of this beautiful masterpiece that is the universe, our world, and human life.
“promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”