“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.” — David Steindl-Rast
This quote hits home for me because its normal to want more. It’s so easy to take for granted all that I already have and all that I’ve already accomplished. It can be so easy to focus on the negative things impacting daily life that we overlook the little things.
I can list many things that I am ungrateful for, things that are going wrong. But, I am not ‘the glass is half empty’ type of person. Many will agree it is easier to think negatively than it is to think positively. As I take a step back and reflect, I ask myself: What am I thankful for?
I am thankful for the little things. It’s the little things that make up the bigger things in life. The little laughs and giggles from my toddler as he goes down the big boy slide all by himself *excuse me while I sniffle over that.*
The way my husband tenderly kisses my forehead before he leaves for work (I’m usually still asleep at 5:30 in the morning).
I’m even thankful as I attempt to potty train Levi and he takes off running into the living room to pee on my rug instead of the bathroom. Okay, that one seems like something to be less than grateful over. At least he can run! That is something to be thankful for right?
Even as I type this blog, Levi is jumping all over me as he giggles and screams to get away from daddy’s clutches as they play chase. I am grateful. Thankful for every scream, giggle and pounce as he throws himself onto me as if I’m a human trampoline.
These little things make up the bigger things. They make up life. The little things are the foundation for the memories I hold so near and dear to my heart.
What are the little things you are thankful for?