Thought for Tuesday?
Wake Up & Live
Did you ever hear of Alfred D’Souza? He was a philosopher from Brisbane, Australia and he wrote the following quote
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way.
Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.
Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
Lately I have thought a lot about that very same subject, I only found the quote for the first time last week but I can so relate to it. I often heard people say ‘Life is what happens while you are planning’ and like most sayings I have thought it right but never pondered too much on it.
Well gloves off both quotes relate to me; I have spent so long trying to get everything done; fixing everything in my path so I can get on with my life but the truth is in the quotes my life has been happening while I have been fixing everything. How crazy is that? I have tried so hard to sort everything out, so hard to organise everything and everybody and believe me when I say it is a never-ending task. I could be commended for my efforts however!!
Is it the case that sometimes we concentrate on the difficulties of life not recognising the value in what is around us? I tried during the week to follow the idea of a gratitude journal, well I did not actually keep a journal on this occasion although I have in other times in my life and found them to be very beneficial. This time I just lay in bed on waking and thought what have I to be grateful for today.
Here are some very simple things I discovered I have been missing. I had a warm bed to sleep in, I had curtains to open, I had eyes to greet the morning and see the birds in my garden, I had a garden, I walked down stairs and I had dogs to fuss over me, I had good health to allow me to walk my dogs, I had food to eat, a phone to call my friends and the list goes on…..
You might have all or some of what I have, you may have more or less but how often do you stop to think How Lucky Am I?
What have you to be grateful for?