It's my birthday today.
It has been a great day.
But lately every day has been a great day.
And it's not because everything is perfect in my life. By far. And today has not been great because I got a bunch of presents. I have a different kind of abundance in my life. Abundance of beauty, abundance of love. Abundance of kindness from people I know, don't know, doesn't matter. If you look for it, you will find it.
Life is great and today is great, because I finally got something clear. In the last couple of months I have, for the first time in my adult life, been truly aware of how important it is to do the thing that you are dying to do, and do it just because you want to do it.
So what does this have to do with Gratitude?) Well on your birthday, I think you reflect on the past year and where you are in life. I am really happy with where I am. I feel like I can appreciate all aspects of my life, because they got me to where I am today. I moved back to my hometown after a divorce, and there were a few years there where I cried more than I laughed I'm afraid. My life was out of balance in more ways than one. I am thankful for the journey and the lessons along the way. Today, I fully recognize how lucky I am and I'm thankful every day. I am surrounded by people I love, I have balance that I haven't had most of my adult life, and I am at PEACE about some things that have weighed heavily on me in the past. These things aren't even necessarily resolved, but the worrying has been replaced by a sense that things will be how they will be and I can actually still choose how I will live and be regardless. That is real Freedom!
(But what does this have to do with Gratitude?!)
I am thankful for the journey that got me to this point.
I am thankful for the writers and leaders that have made it their life's work to say over and over again the things I need to hear until I really hear them.
I am thankful for the courage of the people in my life to be who they are and give me the freedom to do the same.
I am filled with a sense of gratitude every day for the simple things in life and the new-found personal belief that I really am going to be ok. And you are too!
So notice the kindness of others. Be thankful for abundance, (and be open to receive). Appreciate all aspects of life (even the tough times that got you to where you are today), and recognize the beauty that is all around you.
With and Open Heart,
Sara Page, Founder of The Open Life
Sara Page is an Artist, Writer, Speaker, Openness Coach, and creator of the new ABC book. ("L is for Love and Light") The book encourages the child in all of us to stay true to who we are, and follow our dreams! As the Founder of The Open Life, Sara's mission is to Live Life Open, and inspire others to do the same! Sign up for email updates and start living "The Open Life"!