If you’re anything like me, every January 1st I neatly write out a long list of New Years Resolutions, falsely believing that if I stick to them all my life will be full and content. Weeks, if not hours later I find that I have already broken at least half of them, and end up berating myself on my lack of strong will, leaving me feeling disappointed and despondent.
It’s such a shame that most of us constantly feel that we are not good enough, thin enough, clever enough etc. We spend so much time wanting more and thinking about what we don’t have enough of, and
completely forget about what we do have.
Then last year I had an epiphany, I didn’t need a long list for the New Year, all I needed was to accept myself, and each and every moment, with ease and with gratitude. And in doing so I found so much more pleasure in each day, smiled at the little things in life, I was grateful and happy in each moment.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m human and still have down days, but in spite of sorrow, in spite of boredom, I can always find something to be grateful for, I just have to open my eyes a little wider. Sometimes it’s something as small as being with my breath, other times it’s the amazing feeling of the wiggling unborn child inside me.
So however you feel, each day take a moment to breathe, to really feel present, and write down a single sentence of gratitude, and place it in your jar. Doing so reminds me that I am enough, and that each moment is sacred. Taking the time to be grateful can make you appreciate life so much more.