Wow what an amazing two weeks as I settle into the new unit required for my uni studies and unwrap the word “gratitude”. On a personal level I am now beginning to see that I have experienced the last ten years or so of my life in fast forward with out stopping to reflect or express gratitude to pretty much 80% of it. Always having to have a goal, accomplish it and move on to the next goal. Success for me meant getting from one tier to the next in order to live an easier life yet after reading some literature on gratitude I realise that I never stop and experience the moment in order to be grateful for it.
The word grateful now takes on many new meanings for me. An example of this was the simple pleasure of walking my dogs. As I rounded the corner on our stretch for home I began thinking of what the day had brought to me. What was I grateful for? I stopped in that moment, bent down, patted my furry companions and stopped to look at my environment. Suburbia was there in all her glory; cars parked on the street, some children riding their bikes and music playing in someone’s back yard. As I focused on the objects I saw in front of me I found myself looking at a Frangipani tree.
In the past I would have simply walked under it but today I chose to consciously look at the flowers and the natural beauty of the tree. I honestly believe I must have stood there for 2-3 minutes when suddenly my eyes focused on an image of two flowers different in colour to the rest of them. When I noticed the two flowers I took a photo of it….why?
Because today the beauty of the flowers, the opportunity of walking the dogs, allowing my brain to stop for a moment and just be fully present in the experience is one that I have now come to experience as a moment of gratitude. I am grateful for the opportunity to walk my streets of suburbia, listening to its hum of a day ending and children enjoying each others friendships. I am most grateful for the opportunity to experience someone else’s joy for nature in growing the frangipani tree and providing opportunity for others to smell the flowers and appreciate the beauty. Today I am grateful for being in “the moment”.