Something that has been on my mind a lot lately is choosing to love your life. The fact that it's a choice at all has been mind-blowing, but ever since I realized it's true, I cannot stop thinking about it.
And ya know, isn’t modern technology wonderful?! It allows us to be constantly (and super easily!) inspired by and connected with friends, family and even strangers all over the world with the help of social media. SO AMAZING! But, the problem is social media's evil step-sister named Comparison who robs us of joy so sneakily and so effortlessly that it almost goes undetected. Along with getting to see our cute nieces and nephews on the other side of the country, we get to see inside the homes and lives of people who are 10x richer/smarter/craftier/happier than us. And of course, they’re also all good people with good ideas so it’s not like we hate them. No! We’re “inspired by them” which means their posts catapult us into a frenzy of pinning, saving and dreaming. Someday, when we get a bigger house, we’ll do this. Someday when we’re skinnier, we’ll wear that. Someday, when we have more money, we’ll go there. Someday, when we can do all those things, we’ll be happier.
But what if we just decided to stop all that wishing and planning for “someday” and instead poured ourselves into TODAY? What if we decided to love our current homes for what they are and pinned things that will actually work within our own four walls? What if we decided to buy clothes that fit and flatter our current bodies, mom-pooch and all? What if we looked at the things we have enough money to do in lieu of the things we don’t? What if we stopped telling ourselves that we need x, y and z to be happy and instead chose to be grateful for what we have right now?
I've said this before, but I'll say it again... all the beauty and wonder and awesomeness of life is available to all of us at any given time. Yes, it's an effort: we have to open up our eyes, look for it and work for it. But it's there. And we should be grateful for every single bit of goodness we have in our lives because it's a waste of energy to feel anything other than gratitude. Not because it's "the right thing to do" or because it's easy (it's not!), but rather because it just feels better to look around your life and think, “I’m so lucky!!” than it does to think anything else.
This family made me feel grateful - to get to spend the afternoon in their gorgeous home, to be hired by them, to have gotten to watch their family grow over the years, and, of course, to be able to use my talents to bottle up what it feels like to be part of their family. I'm so lucky!