Gratitude. A simple word with so much meaning behind it.
I try to choose gratitude every day. I try to live my life with a grateful heart, as I know we are fortunate to live the life we do. In fact ALL of us are fortunate. If you’re reading this, you have a wonderful life. Yes, you. Even if you don’t realize it or are going through a difficult time, you have so much to be grateful for.
You see, I woke up this morning with an ungrateful heart. I came home from the gym at 6:45 to a clean dishwasher that I needed to unload and the above – a ton of laundry that we don’t put in the dryer that needed to be put away. My first instinct was frustration… “I have to put all of this stuff away in addition to the many things on my list before heading out the door” when I’m usually late to work the way it is. I was irritated that Grant didn’t put them away like he usually does (even though he was the one who ran the dishwasher AND did the laundry and hung up the clothes as I’ve taught him). In fact, he does ALL the laundry. Even more, I was mad at myself for feeling this way.
I get to put away laundry. I get to have laundry that even needs to be hang-dried in the first place. I get to do laundry in my house. Imagine that! Clean laundry means less stress in the mornings. I get the luxury to wakeup at 4:53am after a good night’s sleep without interruptions and slip on a clean workout outfit and head to the gym. I get to workout. I have a healthy body and am back to almost normal functioning of my legs. Clean laundry means we have access to clean water, to a clean place to let clothes dry, and to a lifestyle that allows for me to take my time putting it away just so. It signifies outfits worn for specific purposes that I am fortunate to have – gym outfits, work outfits, date night outfits, towels, rags, jackets, and more. I am fortunate to have an amazing husband who actually does the laundry and hasn’t shrunk anything! I even got to marry him!!
I don’t have kids yet, but as a former nanny, it’s a luxury to get to change a diaper, as it means accessibility to clean diapers and wipes. To get to clean the crumbly mess on the floor from a yummy, nutritious meal. To get to read bedtime stories and share that one-on-one time together. Imagine a life without it. A life without clean, sanitary diapers. Struggling to provide healthy foods. Inability to read stories because you don’t have books of your own or don’t know how to read.
You get to go to work. You might not like what you do, but it’s a privilege. You get to eat meals with loved ones. You get to spend time how you choose – you may have to clean or do chores, but you have a home to clean! You get to meal prep for the week. You get to take vacations or travel to visit friends in faraway places. You get to unload the dishwasher and have instantaneous clean dishes. You get to spend time reading blogs, websites, and books. You get to choose what to have for dinner. Most of all, you get to be grateful.
Each day, you have the opportunity to change your mindset, your thinking, how you view the world… grateful for ALL of the wonderful things life throws at you. So next time you’re faced with something you don’t particularly want to do, be grateful you are fortunate enough to do it in the first place. This is my life and I’m happy to be living it.
Thank you for letting me share my early morning ramblings with you. Now, I challenge you – what is one thing you can do today to grow your grateful heart? Who can you encourage with this message?