“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings” - William Arthur Ward
Gratitude for me has come about in a combination of different experiences. I remember as a child taking things for granted and trying to compete, climb and reach goals with little or no appreciation for the gifts that I had been given. Many things came easily for me as I had loving parents, a great childhood and a lot of support from my family. I took this for granted. Being the youngest of four children, I was the observer, always noticing change both internally and in the outside world. I questioned many of the situations that arose during the turmoil of the 70’s and 80’s. I sought a creative direction in my life though the visual arts and as an artist, I viewed the world through a creative lens. I continue to do so. I believe that there is good in everything, and that surrounding myself with positivity goes a long way keeping an attitude of hope and optimism.
As the saying goes” hindsight is 20-20…. I have come to realize that with all the challenges and expectations I have experienced over the years the simple “place” of being grateful is the number one humbling expression of self-love for the life I have been given. I am a work in progress….but by being grateful for things big and small I have found great joy in my life. I have learned that life is too short to “sweat the small stuff”… that it’s all small stuff.
I have a loving family; I have food to eat and a roof over my head…. I no longer compare myself to others. I continue to channel my inner “Popeye”…”. I am who I am”. …and I am grateful for the life I have been given. All the challenges and experiences that have come into my life have created the person that I call “me”. My connection to yoga has helped tremendously as I realize my connection to the universe physically, mentally and spiritually. It is with gratitude that I continuously seek the opportunity to speak and follow my truth. Though the practice of yoga, I am continuously reminded to stay present and come to a place of gratitude in each and every moment. Each day gives me the opportunity to make it a better day for everyone I encounter. That includes myself. I am grateful for this opportunity and realize that it is truly a gift.