I wrote “Today, I am thankful for…” posts everyday on my Instagram for 10 days. I didn’t realize how much this would change my perspective on my everyday life. Often times we’re so busy that we forget to pause and live in the present moment. I know I’m guilty of that, of being too focused on the future or bracing myself for what’s coming next that I forget to be present and see all that I have in the present moment. These posts have been an amazing reminder that we have so much to be thankful for right now…today. Even if it’s the simplest of things, like a bowl of Cheerios or fun festive socks or the sunshine peaking through the clouds or having the day off to watch way too much Netflix. I am thankful.

I am thankful because I didn’t really realize how much it would change my perspective on my daily happenings. On the last day of this particular challenge, the tenth day, I killed my roommate’s car battery. I think on any other day I would have been super annoyed that I made such a stupid mistake. On any other day my initial thoughts might have been something like, “Seriously, Bridget, you’ve driven her car a grand total of 3 times and you couldn’t manage to turn off all the damn lights before going inside the house?! Apparently that’s too much to ask…” But no, on this day, because I spent the 9 days prior writing down all the things I was thankful for, my mind immediately went to “How can I be thankful for this particular situation? What am I supposed to learn here?”

In the end, I got to FaceTime with my dad and chat with him about car stuff. My neighbor stopped by and helped jump my car after I drove my other roommate’s car on our lawn to jump the battery I killed (okay, hilariously stupid I know but whatever). I made the best cookies I’ve ever made without an actual mixer (mixed that dough with a fork, which is just as difficult and annoying as it sounds). I went to a killer yoga class after my studio’s heater was finally fixed. And all in all, still had a great day, all because my first thought was about how I could be thankful in an annoying situation. Something so simple and easy changed my perspective.

I am thankful for this present moment. There are so many things that have brought me here and so many things I have had to work through in order to be here but I am so damn thankful that I have risen above challenges and looming dark clouds. Every day there are things to be thankful for, we just have to take a moment to recognize all that we have worked for and all that we have been given.

So my challenge to you? With November being the month for giving thanks, take a moment to write down all the things you’re thankful in this present moment. It can be simple things or big life changing things. We have an opportunity to shift our thinking here. I know I’m guilty of taking for granted the things I have whether I worked for them or not. It’s so easy to overlook the simple things that make life so beautiful. Let’s make a conscious effort to remind ourselves of all that we have even in moments we feel are difficult or challenging.

Much love, B.

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