I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge my current situation to try a gather some greater understanding of myself. For anyone reading who’s in a similar situation hopefully, we can move forward through difficult times together by practising gratitude, the act of being grateful for what we actually have.
I’m sitting at my computer searching for work. I am unemployed, single, live at home with my parents, don’t have many close friends, no car and don’t have much direction at this moment in time. To most of the world I have nothing, but to me I have everything and this is something I am grateful for. Here is my list of gratitude.
A clean slate
I’m grateful that I have a clean slate because it allows me the opportunity to rebuild. It will take time and it won’t be easy, but it’s a fresh start. Not many others have that opportunity so I am grateful for it.
Something I take for granted every day. Having people around me that love, care and will help no matter what. My family is going through a rough time with a bereavement and this has demonstrated how solid of a unit we truly are. I’m thankful I have that because, without them, that is truly when I have nothing.
Such wonderful people. They have never done anything but love and care for me. I can’t think of a time when they haven’t supported me, especially through this uncertain time I’m currently going through. I love them and can’t thank them enough for being part of my life.
A roof over my head
My living circumstances may not be perfect, but I’m not out in the cold with rain on my head. My parents took me back in after my living circumstances changed a few years ago and they have never made me feel bad about it. I’m so grateful I have somewhere to hang my hat.
Money in the Bank
For me, money isn’t the be all and end all. I was very fortunate for having a well-paid job which I left recently for personal reasons, but for now, I have money in the bank to support myself. I’m grateful that I had an opportunity to work and save and I’m grateful for the potential to do it all again.
It’s a bit battered and bruised but it’s in fully working order! Not many can say that and this is a blessing. I’ve put my body through so much shit over the years that I’m dumbfounded it still works! I’m grateful for having my body. It’s not an object of destruction anymore, one for construction.
I love the gym and I’m grateful to have a place to go and work on myself and right some wrongs. I’ve come to realise that change takes time and one of the best examples of this is via exercise. I’m lucky to have that view and I’m lucky there is somewhere I can go to practise this.
I don’t have many, but for those close to me I am thankful. We may not all see eye to eye on things, or share the same beliefs, but I’m thankful for those I have I can still call friends. To the friends I’m not a close to anymore or have pushed away, I’m sorry. I’m thankful I had you in my life and hope we can reconnect one day when the time is right.
Sounds strange, but I’m glad I’ve failed at a lot of things. Relationships, jobs and such. Without these failures, I would never learn. I’m thankful that I have failed because it gives me the opportunity to look back and figure out what not to do when faced with new challenges. Failures are not to be looked back on and be sad about, their opportunities to learn from.
I love that little bastard! Haha! She is just always there when you need her. Yeah, she wants food and affection but I’m so thankful to have an entity in my life I can direct positive vibes towards. All she ever wants is to be loved and fed, no more no less.
That’s a short list of what I’m grateful for. I could go on a lot longer but the point I was trying to make is that even when you think you haven’t got it all, you’ve actually got a lot more than most. You just need to see it, acknowledge it and be thankful. Don’t under appreciate whats here now, embrace it.