We have all had times in our lives where we have felt completely trampled by life. Oftentimes we find it difficult to not judge ourselves in these difficulties; I am the worst offender alive. Yet, despite this tendency to judge myself for every misstep, real or imagined, that has landed me into whatever the trouble is this week, I can always go back to a place where I was completely satisfied and happy with a choice I made.
In this memory, I did something seemingly simple and small:
I went to a potluck.
I felt I was drawn by design to that place on that day, even though I dug in my heels all along the way. All along the way leading up to that event, I felt like that day would be life changing and I would find myself heading someplace I never would have gone had I not volunteered as I did.
True to the sense I had leading to that day, my life was forever changed because I showed up and I did, in fact, take an entirely different course through life because of it.
Along the way since then, there have been plenty of times that I have stumbled and found myself broken and bruised, but no matter what I happens, I can go back to that day and say, “Gwendolyn, this is still the right path even though it’s really rocky right now.”
So, what memory is it for you?
What is the thing you can go back to no matter what storms life has thrown your way that reminds you who you are, why you’re here, and that you’re doing what you are supposed to be doing?
At the end of the day, don’t forget to share your gratitude with others, whether you choose to come back and comment here, to write your thoughts in a journal, to send your feelings to a friend or loved one, or to create change in your world to pursue fulfillment and contentment, think back on the prompt and build in yourself gratitude for the blessings that have been showered upon you!
Come back tomorrow for more gratitude mindfulness.
i would go home
to my room
for the solitude
I so love these essays. I find them comforting like reading Robert Fulghum
I had a life changing event about 4 years ago–it was devastating at the time, but it led me to the joy I have today:-)
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I love that joy came from what others might have only seen as devastation! 💚
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