“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

– Albert Einstein

 

This is a time to count our blessings.

Count all the things we have taken for granted.

For all the things we have overlooked.

The smell of the grass after the rain.

The laughter of people on the streets.

The ability to hug your friends.

 

It has been normalised to look at what we don’t have.

To look at what we want.

Material things.

Our narrow scope has led us to forget what really matters.

 

The love that we have in our lives.

Whether it be for family, friends, a pet or a passion.

The freedoms we have.

The ability to walk outside, to swim in the ocean, to stop and smell the roses.

 

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

Seize your blessings.

 

Exercises:

  1. Write down a list of everything you are grateful for; the people, the places, the things; that bring meaning and joy to your life.
  2. Write a list of things you took for granted in everyday life, that you now miss due to the pandemic.
  3. Write thank you notes (can be emails or texts) to people you are thankful for and send them.
  4. Practice gratitude daily. Write 3 things you are grateful for every day.