As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.
This post was actually rather difficult to write because at this point in the month, I am looking closely at all parts of life and enjoying the moment. That doesn’t always translate into an articulable thing to be grateful for.
Today I am thankful for all of the ways I am able to simply enjoy life.
My coffee tastes better. I enjoy the company of those around me more. I feel lighter.
I feel like all of this is because I am taking the moment to look and enjoy.
I had a really bad habit of saving things for the right occasion, the special occasion (and occasionally it still pops up). So things would just sit on my shelves. Waiting. Collecting dust. Taking up space. Creating a mess.
Finally, I decided I needed to spend out. These things I was saving weren’t doing me any good just sitting there. Stuff was getting thrown away because it went bad waiting for me to use it.
Sometimes spending out means using it myself. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve used up a few face scrubs and partial bottles of lotion that had been just waiting.
Sometimes spending out means passing something off to someone who will enjoy it. I recently gave a bag of makeup and beauty product samples I wasn’t going to use to an acquaintance who has preteen daughters. It felt good to pass it along to someone who would have fun.
You have to move stuff out in order to make more space, both physically and intangibly.
So this month, I have been grateful for all of the moments of spending out because as a result, I’ve gotten to simply enjoy life.
What are you grateful for today?