Sunday, July 24, 2011

Basking in Appreciation for the Mundane

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.

Carpe diem,



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11 comments:

Naqvee said...

indeed your post is reminder .. one needs to be grateful for all that you've got and for all that you didnt get since that wasnt menat for you and was harful for u! Happy blogging.. ur posts are very inspiring

LOVE NAQVEE

john said...

I am grateful to you for saying all that to me :)

Caffeinated OC Mommy said...

Well put Char Darling! Cups Up! xoxo

Lucy said...

Looooove this post and this lesson. I read a book to my children called "mr ego and the bubble of love," in which they tell kids to create a bubble of love by recalling everything you're thankful for. then, invite mr. ego inside and he can't bother you anymore.

Sarah said...

Just think..life can change 180 degrees from one second to the next. We need to appreciate every little normal moment while we can, indeed!

Kim@MommiesTimeOutToday said...

I hear you sister! You need to stop and look around once in a while. It could all end quickly and you may never have realized all you have.

Ms Bibi said...

What a great reminder.....we all need to appreciate little more of those between moments!

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Beautiful post! It even made me all teary-eyed. I guess I needed that today. :)

Tammy said...

The next time I'm feeling an in between moment, I will surely think of this blog. Oh, here comes one now. LOL I would also like to read the book that Lucy mentioned. Great tips! :D

Daria @ Mom in Management said...

Great post! And I love your blog graphics! I totally believe giving and charity is selfish and it always helps me find balance and get out of my depressions by helping others. Great message.

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