Day after day, the unexpected arrives. We can plan all we like but the future is full of the unknown. We have hopes and ambitious dreams that make us look forward in time.
An iconic line from the classic Forrest Gump rings true, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”.
While we’re busy making plans for the future, we miss out on the here and now. My head gets lost in a cloud of thoughts and fears if I try to look to far ahead. I begin to stray from my present moment and lose sight of what I have in the here and now.
Because life will always be a series of unexpected twists and turns, we can let go of trying to anticipate what the future may hold. Of course, make goals, plan your day, but don’t lose yourself to what ifs and future fears.
We can use gratitude to ground ourselves in the here and now. Each day can be a blessing of life. Each day can be opportunity to try and change things. I say this knowing there are those worse off than me. After traveling to corners of the Earth, I know that’s not true for everyone. Despite this, these people are vivacious and animated. They support their families and go on living.
Maybe I’m just rambling. Maybe you have your own philosophy and outlook on the future. Whatever it is, gratitude brought us here first and I believe it’s important we honor that with a couple deep breaths and patient thinking.
Today I’m Grateful For…
- The sound of rain before bed
- Safe travels
- A day stuck at home because of the snow
- Time to journal and reflect
- Teaching CORE and working with my students
- My Peer Mentor staff and co-workers
- Being here at UMass and continuing my education
- Mentors and role models
- A chance to be outside and feel the warmth of the sun
- A couple deep breaths
- Productive time and getting organized
- Tools for my mental health and staying grounded
- Pickup soccer with friends
- Texts from Iceland
- Warm blankets and fluffy pillows
- My family traditions
- Game of Thrones Sunday’s
- Local breakfast places
- Friends from home
- Waking up next to my cat
- Clean water and friends from Cambodia
- Sharing gratitude
- Long summer nights
- Days spent doing nothing
- The here and now
As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.
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Featured image from California