I am in the beautiful, rugged south west of Tasmania this week – with its stunning scenery, and clear crisp air – it is moments like this that I am reminded of what an incredible visually diverse country that we live in.
From the red outback dust of the Northern Territory, cool, dark green rainforests of the coastline, and onward to the bleak and denuded landscape of the area surrounding Queenstown in Tassie. Its stark contrasts show beauty in every vista, and this morning, as we chipped the ice away from the windscreen to commence our journey, I had to really remind myself how lucky I am.
Even though I am so cold, I stabbed myself in the tummy with safety pin trying to hold my spencer and my workpants together so my back didn’t get cold, I am lucky.
Even though my fingers are numb and are refusing to cooperate whilst attempting to blog, I am lucky.
Even though I have to go through this cold weather for another three days, I am lucky. I am lucky enough to have had the ability to travel here, and experience this beautiful part of the world.
Even though I am working and have absolutely no time to check out the local sights, or markets, or waterfalls, I am lucky.
Too often, it’s too easy to fall into the trap of complaining about ‘your lot in life’. Complaining about the weather, about the rates, about the price of fuel. Yes, I agree all can be painful, but spending the day focussed on what goes bad is not helpful.
Constantly complaining is like handing the Universe a shopping list for all the things you DON’T want. Focus on the things in life that are running smoothly, and that you DO want.
I whinged 6 times yesterday about wanting to warm up, so the Universe sent me some hot flushes last night to warm me.. how about that for supportive?? Ask and ye shall receive – got that message loud and clear!
Instead of complaining about the cold, I should have asked for a car with a working heater. Instead of complaining about not the room heater not being hot enough, I should have looked earlier for the electric blanket switch.
Today, even I needed to be reminded.
Be grateful for opportunity, however they present in your life. The fact that I am in a part of Tassie that I have never seen before, with my bestie, should be reason enough to be thankful.
Be gracious in accepting time away from home, or an adventure, no matter how cold it might be in the morning’s. Heck, I could be at home alone, watching the rain and feeling lonely.
Looking at life’s challenges in an appreciative light, may not solve everything, but it certainly makes life more positive. Lighter somehow, less negative, more fun.
You could even be happy if you were having a temporary financial difficulty, that assists you in creating strong budgeting skills for future growth. Look for the good in every situation.
Be prepared to find it hard to find the silver lining in some passing clouds – I know, some clouds can descend and seem like the winter of your life is here to stay – but if there is one thing that I know for sure, and that is that everything passes.
EVERYTHING. PASSES. Really, it does. You will look back in two years and wonder what on earth you were complaining about.
Situations in life occur only to teach us things, to push us, to bend us, and to enrich our lives.
This morning on drive to work, I stopped my groaning, and forced myself to count the things in life, I sometimes take for granted. It isn’t that I am not grateful for all of these things, sometimes I just forget how fabulous life really is, when it is cold and I’m overtired and Nescafe Blend 43 hasn’t quite hit the spot…. i have to give myself an internal uppercut, and take a moment to take stock.
I have hundreds of things in life i am grateful for, and yes, for the last couple of days, I HAD been taking them for granted.
Like warm weather. Like walking into your ensuite and not being afraid there is a penguin colony inhabiting the shower. Like cupping your hands around a hot mug of tea and feeling it warm the back of your throat all the way down. Like waking up with your best friend. Like hot water in the taps. Like pumpkin soup for dinner by a log fire. Like meeting new people who are happy, friendly and helpful. Like taking a drug test and not “wetting” the outside of the urine sample collection bottle. Like being healthy enough to climb up hundreds of steel grated steps without puffing. Like healthy kids and fabulous friends. Like going into a store to use my Debit card and not being afraid of it being declined. Like Paw Paw Ointment doubling as really effective hair gel.
Yeah that. And heaps and heaps more.
If I actually had the time to sit and think about all of the great things in my life, I would be here forever.
We all have hundreds of things in life to be grateful for. Truly, we do.
I AM grateful for the life I lead. I am grateful for the fact that my life can one day be sitting in the sunshine writing a book chapter, and the next, preparing to polar bear wrestle in the wilds of southern Tasmania.
Sometimes, I need to be jolted out of my comfort zone, and slapped with a cold, harsh reminder, just like this.
What are some of the things that you take for granted? Do you feel the need to stop, take stock and reflect a little on the great things in your life? What would you change? Your thinking? Your behaviour? Your words?
Where ever you are in life today, I hope the weather is kind, your friends are loyal and your words are positive. I shall leave you know, and be back again next week to share a thought or two on living your bravest life. 🙂
Talk soon, I’m off to wrestle a penguin..