It sure has been a minute since I’ve posted anything. Somehow this thing called life seems to get in the way!
Today, I feel inspired. We are having our first blast of cooler air here in Florida, and I just feel good. I thought of something this morning and it got me thinking about how blessed I am. But am I really grateful for what I have? Do I take my life for granted?
You see, I want to update my bedroom, I love to decorate, change things up, and our bedroom has not been touched in about 10 years. I think it’s time for a makeover, right? Yea, I thought so. As I was stressing over what color to paint the bedroom, I glanced over at the picture of my grandparents sitting on my nightstand. One particular memory stood out today, and my emotions started flowing, along with a few tears.
My grandparents had a moderate size 3 bedroom house, there were six of us living in it—my grandmother, grandfather, my mom and us three kids. My grandfather, being the selfless man that he was, gave up his bed, and would sleep on the floor in the living room. He would “roll” up his bed ( a thin piece of egg crate foam and a couple of sheets) every morning and tuck it behind the chair. No one ever thought anything about it, it just seemed perfectly normal.
So, I found myself sitting on my bed this morning, and thinking about the sacrifices that were made. They didn’t have the option, or luxury of re-decorating a bedroom, and here I was, feeling pissy because I can’t find the perfect shade of taupe to paint my walls. Am I spoiled? Am I a prima donna?
I am fortunate, blessed, lucky, grateful, and most of all appreciative of what I have.
So I put on my workout clothes, walked in this beautiful weather down the street to my best friends house, and we worked out together, at a gym that my membership is free because I have an awesome job that provides me with wonderful benefits. I realized I have so much to be grateful for.
Pretty soon we will all start seeing the social media posts about what everyone is thankful for. Thanksgiving seems to be the time everyone jumps on the thankful train and will start making a public post of what they are thankful for. Instead, pick up the phone and call someone, put your phone away and talk to the person across the table, make that hug last a little longer, and remember, the mean girl from high school you’re Facebook friends with, she probably doesn’t care what you’re thankful or grateful for, but I bet your close friends and family are.
I am going to really try to make an effort to start being more present. I think I have taken things for granted lately and I need to be more aware of how blessed I am.
Life is not always easy, we only get one shot to pass through. So starting today, I will take a few moments, and reflect, be mindful, try to do something good for someone less fortunate, and just be happy.
Instead of fussing over paint swatches today for my bedroom, I’m reminding myself that I’m not sleeping on the living room floor, and I have a bedroom I am able to re-decorate.
Thanks for stopping by. See ya next time!