Life is imperfect and inconsistent.
Wonderful at times. Really flippin' awful at other times. And then, there are all the moments in between.
Yesterday morning, I went grocery shopping as I typically do first thing on Saturdays. Other than the discovery that the store was once again stocking my beloved Kombucha drink, nothing particularly special happened on the trip. And yet as I drove away, a huge wave of gratitude washed over me. An incredible awareness and appreciation for something which perhaps I had at other times perceived as mundane or maybe even annoying.
It was a good reminder to really love those "in between" moments. The simple things. Like the ability to walk freely into a store, pluck a seemingly unlimited supply of nourishment from its shelves, have enough money to pay for everything including "treats," get in a nice car and drive safely home to my happy and healthy family.
How incredible is that?!
Lest you think my head is completely nestled in the clouds (or someplace else), there was a point in my 20's when I had to reconcile the chaos of my childhood with my ability to have my own happy, peaceful life. I worked hard to overcome the feeling that any periods of normalcy were simply the "tick tick tick tick" of the roller coaster going up a steep slope before the inevitable, scream-filled plummet which was sure to follow.
Over the years I have found great solace in being truly thankful, even to the point of appreciating past adversity for the strength, resourcefulness and resiliency it has gifted to me.
So, my #1 tip for finding internal life balance at any moment can be described in one word: GRATITUDE.
If there is ever a time where you feel "stuck" through anxiety, boredom, complacency or depression, I guarantee that basking in gratitude will pull you right up from your boot straps.
Highs and lows are fleeting. Here's wishing you some truly amazing "in between" moments.