I’ve been making a conscious effort lately to really take a moment to find all the little moments in life that I am grateful for, and noting it in my mind as I notice it. It often takes a bad moment and turns it good for me, or lets me find the silver lining when I’m feeling discouraged. I’ve always been one to notice simple details in life that strike me as beautiful, and I find that searching for more of these moments on a daily basis makes me feel more content and grateful. And isn’t that what life is all about?
Here are some things I’ve been grateful for lately:
Free wifi, an XL ice coffee, and a sunny window to sit by at the airport during an unexpected delay.
The smell of leaves on the ground in Fall. Maybe it’s a bit of decay and leaf mold and wetness, but it smells like my childhood and it makes me smile.
A tight squeeze at bedtime by a little boy wearing nothing but his underpants. Little boy hugs are amazing.
Fall foliage at peak, where just driving to the grocery store makes you slow down and stare in wonder.
Frost that sparkles and glitters on the grass as the sun rises.
A ride in a restored convertible with my dad, on a mild Fall afternoon, with the ocean on one side and beautiful homes on the other.
The smile of a four month old baby after you get them up from their nap. You become their favorite person at that moment, and it is pure bliss.
The smile and full on running hug you get from your child when you’ve been out of town for four days and you see her again.
Dew drops on a fallen leaf, laying on the ground all by itself.
Crisp, locally made spiced apple cider, sipped slowly on a Saturday afternoon.
Re-reading a well loved book, and loving it just as much as the first time.
A new, plush bathrobe that feels like the softest baby blanket you can ever imagine.
That first, soul stirring sip of coffee on a chilly morning.
Watching the sunrise from the tiny window of an airplane, the sky flooded with pinks and oranges and gold, as the night slowly recedes beneath you.
Tell me, what are YOU grateful for?