Grateful For

This morning I’m grateful for electricity, all things that go into making electricity, and all people that work to deliver electricity.

I’m grateful for lights, air conditioning, a coffee pot, a refrigerator, a stove, a washer and dryer, a hot water heater, the internet, and tv.

I’ve lived three and a half days without these things.

I’m grateful to have them back.

Be grateful, be grateful, be grateful.

After three and a half days – which felt like forever – without power, it turned on last night.

I felt relief.

I said thank you hundreds of times.

I shed some tears.

I felt more grateful than ever.

I said thank you when I woke up in the middle of the night and when I woke up this morning.

I couldn’t stop saying thank you.

We become accustomed to living a certain way.

We take things for granted.

We don’t appreciate things until they’re taken away from us.

We don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone.

I went from cursing all things people and things electricity to thanking and praising them.

We take the essentials for granted.

We get so comfortable living a certain way.

It’s hard to function when that way is disrupted and disturbed.

It was challenging and frustrating.

I was annoyed, grumpy, and irritable.

It was a great reminder of what’s most important.

It was a great reminder to not take things for granted and to be grateful.

But how long until I stop saying thank you and slip back into my old, ungrateful ways?

Be grateful, be grateful, be grateful.

The Climb

Just heard this song for the first time in years. Fitting right now.

I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming, but
There’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”
Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking
But I, I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high
There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb
The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down, but
No, I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments, that
I’m gonna remember most
Just gotta keep going
And I, I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, ’cause
There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb
There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes you’re gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb
Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep your faith, keep your faith

The Climb, Miley Cyrus

Setback After Setback, Blow After Blow, Crack After Crack

Setback after setback, I keep going.

Blow after blow, I keep fighting.

Crack after crack, I hold it together.

I’m frustrated.

I’m struggling.

I feel like I’m breaking.

I’m down.

I’m not out.

I am resilient.

I’ll find a way to keep going.

I will overcome.

Self-discovery

For me life has been trial and error.

I’ve gone through the process of elimination.

I’ve tried different things.

I’ve got things right.

I’ve got things wrong.

I’ve crossed things off the list that aren’t for me.

I’m pursing things that are.

It’s taken time.

I’ve narrowed it down.

Maybe there’s a better way to figure it out.

But this is the way I’ve gone about it.

This is the way I learn.

I have to experience it firsthand.

I’m better for having gone through the self-discovery process.

I can be at peace knowing I tried.

How Life Should Be

We get this idea in our mind of how life should be.

We get this picture in our head of how life is supposed to be.

We get attached to it.

We remain attached to it.

We are steadfast.

Some of these thoughts and ways of thinking don’t serve us.

They hold us back.

They hurt us.

If we want to move on with life, we have to accept reality.

We have to let go.

We have to be open.

We have to be flexible.

The future can be better if we let go of the past.

The new can be better if we let go of the old.

If we fully commit to moving forward, we can and will move forward.

May we have the awareness, humility, strength, and courage it takes to step onward and upward.

Change Is Prudent

There’s nothing wrong with changing our mind.

It’s better to change our mind than continue down the wrong path.

When we realize we’re going in the wrong direction, change direction.

But our pride and ego keep us going.

We’re stubborn.

We’d rather keep going than admit we were wrong.

It’s wrong to know we’re wrong and not do something about it.

It takes humility to change our mind.

As we learn, change.

Changing is the prudent thing to do.

Changing is the smart thing to do.

Changing is the right thing to do.

Life Is Ahead of Us

Life is ahead of us not behind us.

All attention forward.

All energy forward.

Full steam ahead.