Gratitude

sunriseMy posts seem to be going down the deep and meaningful road at the moment but as I promised to write from the heart I guess I must follow what I am urged to write.

I was feeling pretty low this morning after a pretty average weekend.  You know those weekends where nothing goes right?  Where everything you do or say feels wrong and scratchy?  The children are bickering, the husband is remote because he has a lot on at work, it’s all down to you and you feel no one appreciates you?  Then something happens or something is said that on any normal day would mean nothing but all of a sudden inside you react like a 10 year old girl again. Does that ever happen to you? Maybe it just happens to me.  I don’t know, but it was one of those weekends.  

I was thinking this morning about what I could blog about that was interesting, funny, meaningful, useful and everything in my head was as uninspiring as the contents of my fridge on the night before I have to do the weekly shop.  When you feel uninspired and unappreciated (for which I take full responsibility by the way; it’s not my family’s fault I felt that way this weekend) it’s pretty hard to come up with anything witty or interesting to share with the world.  Maybe I won’t blog this week, I thought.  It’s just another day. Who wants to know about that anyway?

And then, just as I was half heartedly scrolling through facebook, feeling sorry for myself, a friend shared a TED video that changed everything.  

One simple theme comes out from this very gentle and beautiful video for me and I quote what the elderly gentleman (a Benedictine monk by the way) says in his opening words:  “You think this is just another day in your life.  It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you. Today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness”

As the buddhist saying goes, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher appears’ and today this video was a tonic to my very grumpy and spiky soul.  It’s not just another day. It’s today.  And really, there is nothing to be grumpy about and everything to be grateful for after watching this: