Good morning, all! I couldn't help thinking as I was getting ready this morning the irony we sometimes create in our own lives. If you are like me, we seek out adventures and activities like skiing or skydiving that give us a thrill and make us feel brave. And yet if these same things happened without our initiating it, we wouldn't care for it at all. Falling from a plane or sliding down a mountain, if you were unprepared, would probably strike a very different reaction for you. I know it would for me! One example that came to mind today was white water rafting. I LOVE the rough waters and trying to navigate them with my vessel, water spraying my face and rocks approaching fast. Yet when life throws me these same "bumps in the river" in my day to day life it is harder to find gratitude in it. Today, I am grateful to recognize this double standard. I'm grateful for all the blessings and smooth "sailing" that I usually experience. And today I am also grateful for these rough waters that remind me not only to appreciate the calm times but provide a wonderful learning experience if I pay attention. There is a reason for everything. I'm grateful to know that no matter how the waters look, I am fully supported in navigating them. I'm grateful to let go of any fears that may come up from the unexpected bumps and realize that these too are blessings. Today, I am grateful to rock the boat a little. What lessons have you learned from some unexpected turbulent waters? How can you step back in the moment and give yourself the power to enjoy the ride? Have a beautiful day and I'll meet you down the river.
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.