#reverb10 Day 14–Prompt: Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
This prompt is SO me! For those who aren’t regular readers of this blog, I am a huge proponent of appreciation and gratitude. I even started a guest post series (and movement) to make appreciation a part of every day life. It’s called the Appreciation Revolution, and you can check it out here. I’ve always been someone who says thank you, but I don’t always take the time to specifically thank people and let them know how grateful I am to have them in my life. It took a friend’s unexpected death to make me realize that I was not appreciating people enough. That’s why I started the Revolution, and that’s why (in a nutshell) appreciation is so important to me.
I’ve also dealt with some difficult family situations over the past few years that have really affected my perspective on life. At certain times, life may suck. We may feel like nothing is going our way and it couldn’t possibly get any worse…but even at those times, we still have plenty for which to be thankful. If nothing else, we should be grateful for every day we wake up to face the world. So, I guess if I had to pick one thing that I appreciate this year, it would be life itself. That sounds general and abstract, but I’ve seen how precious life can be. Sure, I’m grateful for my fiance, my parents, my friends, my job…but I would have none of those if I didn’t have life.
Since Max passed away, I’ve tried to make the most of every day. Sometimes, I do a better job of that than others. But, I try. And when I get frustrated with something, whether it’s trivial or monumental, I take a deep breath and remind myself of all the reasons I have to be grateful.