“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
– Dalai Lama
As I sit at the wonderful coffee shop, drinking the best Almond Milk Latte, ever, I reflect on those moments of pure gratitude. The sweetness of life, the joy of giving, and the goodness of heart centered beings, fills me up. They can seem to pass me by when I don’t pay attention, or when I’m lost in my to-do’s. When I really notice it is when I feel the blessings of those special moments that life brings to us. And, when I don’t notice, special moments could be everywhere in my day and I don’t see them. As I have gotten busier I have noticed that I am missing more of those moments as I am lost in thoughts of the things I need to do or the conversations that I need to have, ughhh!! I am thankful that I have awareness around it and I can bring it back to my attention and intentions.
Learning to turn work on and off is just like strengthening the muscles. It takes practice and perseverance. For me to live in appreciation and to stay in the present, to work hard, and to care for me and life is a top priority. I have been swept away in my job before. Doing what you’re passionate about can consume your life, and it has mine in the past. Not anymore! I feel that to be really good at what I do I need to be a priority and to take care of me, to keep my appreciation for life, the spark I have for experiences, and the ever-flowing balance. My fiancé, my family and friends, my career, and myself all are important and so I keep strengthening the muscle of listening, balance, appreciation and caring for my heart.
“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.”
– Amelia Earhart
This is a wild ride, and a peaceful ride. It’s a mix of all of it. I am a mix of it all! And to ride those waves with a smile in my heart is my journey, my intention, my zone. So when I fall down and I forget, when I get sideways, I remember, I get back up and I strengthen my muscle. Taking time today to write was not easy. I had a lot of to-do’s, so I left the house, got my amazing latte and took care of me. I feel rejuvenated, my heart is happy, and you would think that this would be easy to remember to do. It’s not always easy for me. At times when I’m on tilt I know to take care of me, or when I’m not laughing or feeling my appreciation, I know to get back on track and to take care of me.
“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe and everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a day regimen of appreciations and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.”
– Wayne Dyer
Life is a blessing if I choose to see it. I am a blessing if I choose to be it, and it’s not perfect, it’s a journey. We “Don’t go through life, we grow through life”, as Eric Butterworth stated so wonderfully. Every day is an opportunity to smile, to see the blessings, to feel the appreciation and to cry the tears when they want to be released. We do have a reset button and we can hit it anytime when we choose.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not utter words, but to live by them.”
– John F Kennedy