You know, this may come off as super cliche, but I’m just going to share what’s been on my heart. I feel this way often, but especially when our every-day routine is disrupted. When your family is sick, or traveling, or not functioning properly, you really start to wish everything would just be normal again. I’ve been thinking about the things that I take for granted, and I wanted to share five things that I’m feeling particularly thankful for. I guess there are the essentials, right? Like food, water, safety, etc. I’m thankful for those. These, however, and the mundane, little moments that we seem to take for granted amongst the busy.
FIVE THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR
- G’s unwavering joy towards everything. She could be having the worst day, but if a school bus passes by our house and she sees it out the window, you better believe that she is going to run up to it, and exclaim, “bus!” and it’s the most adorable thing. She is an example to me.
- Hugs from my husband. Those are the best. Honestly, there’s nothing better than a giant embrace from the ones you love. Especially my one, true love. I always feel happier in general when we hug, hold hands, or show each other how much we love and appreciate one another.
- All forms of art. Music, painting, sculpting, writing are all forms of art, yes, but there are other, less-known forms too. Anything that you create can be art. G plays with these wooden beads and sometimes she likes to throw them onto the floor and somehow when they land they create this perfect masterpiece. I know it sounds cliche… the whole “beautiful mess” analogy, but messes really can be beautiful, you guys.
- Nature’s calming and invigorating affect. Watching fish swim through a pond, picking an orange from the tree, or watching the branches of the trees blowing around. These are things I do not take for granted anymore. Grace taught me to appreciate those moments.
- Breath. Breathing. The ability to breathe. I don’t mean like human-wise, I’m alive, breathing… I mean breathing, like feeling yourself as a being, breathing. I know I’m getting super ethereal, but sometimes when I just can’t handle life I close my eyes and take a giant, deep breath. I let that same breath out for what seems like an eternity. What a privilege to be able to stop and take a deep breath and think. To think about all that we have, all that the world can offer us… none of which cost a dime.
*Photos by Erika Green Photography
Join me in appreciating the little things. Share what you are thankful for below.