I was chatting to my cousin the other day over a cup of coffee and we were reminiscing not only about how quickly life is flashing past, but also about the art of gratitude and how to be happier as you age.
“It wasn’t so long ago that I remember my mother saying to us cousins: It really doesn’t seem possible that you’re all grown up now and having babies yourselves,” she laughed.
And now, those very babies are getting married and may soon be starting families of their own.
Where did the time go? Was I paying enough attention I wonder?
Good Gawd – have I shown adequate gratitude for my blessings?
You know what though – There’s a whole lot of #grateful #blessed #gratitude stuff on Instagram and social media that gets my goat. Sometimes it comes across as a little insincere. You know. It feels a little like, well, boastful. ‘Look at me, I’m so lucky and one step ahead of you,’ type of thing.
Gratitude is a slippery beast. There’s a subtle art to being grateful I reckon.
I’m probably not going to achieve it today.
I don’t want to come across all #sobloodyblessed in my measure of being thankful but probably that’s how it will seem.
For the Lovin’ Life link up I thought it was high time that I reflected a little on how grateful I am for the good things in my life, particularly the little things, the small everyday things which make up the fabric of a happy and fulfilled life, just so that I remember to stop and smell the roses, and encourage you to as well.
Yes some of these little things are necessarily part of bigger things – like a safe and happy flight from Australia to England. Yesss, I know – don’t go there. That’s a big thing, but it’s essential in my life as an expat if I want to visit my Mum who can’t travel anymore.
Well, here goes. I hope you take me at face value and don’t think I’m being supercilious. These are the things that I’m grateful for this week.
Spending time with loved ones
Happy to be married to the most wonderful man, and about to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.
So fortunate to be on good terms with my two grown-up children, and to be included in the celebrations to wave my daughter and her boyfriend “Bon Voyage” as they set off in their converted coaster to travel around Australia.
Revelling in being able to spend precious time with Mum and her partner in England.
Thankful for good health
Grateful that I’m still active and healthy, and so too Dave (that’s the Diamond fire look out tree he’s climbing near Manjimup below).
The drive home from Denmark (Australian version) in Springtime was so beautiful last week – enough to make our hearts sing. I’m grateful for all of my senses so that I can fully appreciate this exquisite scenery.
Grateful that my flight from Perth to Heathrow, although long, was uneventful and I slept most of the way, and when I arrived in England I awoke to jewel like Autumn colours in Hertfordshire.
I think we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. I’m thankful for the safe, wide open spaces and beaches of Western Australia.
Thankful to have spent a weekend in this simple little getaway cabin just a stone’s throw from a deserted stretch of beach near Denmark. Mazoletti Beach Retreat if anyone’s interested.
Happy to be able to get up close to some of WA’s most characterful residents and spend time enjoying wildlife in outdoor settings over the last week or so.
Grateful for birds and bees. Just generally 🙂
And really really truly grateful for anyone who’s got to the end of this post without gagging 🙂
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Until next time … What are you grateful for?