Today was a day that had me just as excited as Christmas. You’ll probably think it a bit odd when you read why, but it’s the simplest of things that bring me joy these days.
We have been in Spring for 12 days now and today was the hottest Spring day in 4 years. What a gift. It has seemed like the longest winter this year. To be entirely honest, it hasn’t been any longer than other years but it sure did feel like it to me. I suppose if you factor in that I had been ill with the flu for more than half of it (the joys of having an underlying chronic illness) you could understand why it felt endless.
But today was different. Beautiful clear blue skies, body warming sunshine and a gentle sea breeze. It wasn’t just different, it was almost perfect. My happy place was calling…… clean, soft sand under my feet and the sounds of children, birds and rolling waves and the salty smell of the sea coming in with the breeze all intermingling to bring about a wave of pleasure for all my senses. Find out why being at the beach is so good for you here. Almost felt like Christmas.
I hope I’m starting to make a little sense now……..
As I sat there on the sand drinking it all in it almost felt surreal. Like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon or in my case, a cuddly bear coming out of hibernation. LOL. That being said, I think we will stick to the butterfly, much more beautiful to visualise. Anyway as I sat there I became more excited as the minutes ticked by. I really did feel like a child at Christmas with all my presents laid out in front of me.
Presents is not the right word, they were more akin to gifts. Not toys, clothes, books or games but individually wrapped boxes of gratitude, inspiration, strength, health, happiness and love …….the true gifts of life.
Grateful to be here and able to share such moments with you. Grateful for my family and friends and for my life, including my struggles. We are never grateful enough for the little things in life…..for me to be able to sit on the sand today and breathe it all in……extremely grateful.
It’s everywhere if you are willing to find it. The fact that we are alive should be inspiration enough to make you want to move forward day by day. More importantly, what motivates you to do what you do? It is a glimmer of inspiration that always sits just below the surface in all of us……don’t be afraid to show it and use it and share it.
Those struggles I am grateful for have brought me a strength I didn’t think I was capable of. Sure, there are times I bitch and moan like everyone else, sometimes for longer than I should. Even though all of that strength has won out. I admit to being an optimist and a dreamer but sometimes that’s all you have to draw your strength from when you are in a dark hole. It is also that strength that pulls you up.
After battling back and forth with my deplorable health over the past 4+ years I’m no way feeling healthier again. I’m not cured, fixed or completely out of pain but better and to steal a phrase from someone else, a little less broken. I am entering this season with a spring in my step literally, easier and more freely than ever. I make no apologies for telling you this is a direct result of Emulin, a supplement I have been taking for almost 2 months now. Emulin has allowed me to drop 2 pain killers that I have relied on to merely function. Talk about being grateful. You can ask me about Emulin at email@example.com or find out more here.
Im pretty sure that from reading the first 4 points that this one is self explanatory. My happiness is a direct result of all of the above.
Not a romantic love but a true love in every way. As much as I want to be a giver of love I am so very lucky to also be a receiver of it. From my family, my friends and even acquaintances. The giving and receiving of love has many layers and sometimes a simple smile or hello brings more love to others than we might realise. It really doesn’t cost us much to show we care for each other. Spread love around like sunshine.
We all have our trials and tribulations and we should all remember that no matter how bad things might seem there is always someone worse off than ourselves. Not everyone is vocal about their struggles or strong enough to confide in others and that’s ok. It’s our job as individuals to follow a grateful and love path for ourselves and for others.
So now do you understand why today was like Christmas for me?
These 7 gifts are given to each and every one of us every day, we just have to open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds to make us of them. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring or where we may find ourselves in 1, 2 or 10 years from now all we can do is to live everyday to our fullest.
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