Those normal, ordinary days are blessings if we see them in the right light. It’s usually when we’re forced to face an extraordinarily frustrating day, though, that we see things with a bit more clarity and appreciation. In light of that kind of blessing, here are 15 things to appreciate not having to deal with on an everyday basis. These things are based on a true story (mine).
“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.” — Mary Jean Irion
You know those times when you’re dealing with a frustrating situation and someone tells you to be grateful? That can be annoying, I know. That’s not what I’m doing here (promise) because not only have I been there, but I’m a human being and I’m there a lot.
I just made it through some frustrating weeks myself, which is exactly why I’m writing this letter to you.
When you’re tempted to complain about your current circumstances, may I remind you that gratitude doesn’t have to be like an annoying fly buzzing around your head? Gratitude is just an option—take it or leave it, or just keep it as a possibility. You feel it when you’re ready to.
You let go and choose again only when you’re ready to, not when someone else tells you to be ready.
I’m not going to tell you to be grateful if you’re feeling anything but. I’m not going to tell you to do or feel something else because what you’re thinking and feeling are guides too. I’m just offering you a few insights that recently helped me rise above a crappy attitude that was lingering in me.
After dealing with some stressful moments and particularly painful situations, I remembered deeply that I’m blessed enough not to have to deal with these kinds of things on an everyday basis.With the “right” perspective, the frustrating days make ordinary days a little more full of love. Click To Tweet
Here are fifteen things to appreciate not having to deal with when you’re faced with just another “normal day in the life.” I thought of these things because I just came through an extraordinary period that ushered me into an overwhelming sense of appreciation for the things I don’t normally have to experience on a day-to-day basis. I didn’t necessarily experience all of these things at once, but many of them are recent.
This is what I can be grateful for on ordinary days, and that deep gratitude (that I had to focus on to fuel) helped me overcome a particularly stressful period. It’s also now helping me not to take this day for granted.
15 Things to Appreciate Not Having to Deal With Every Single Day (Based on My Life)
1. Losing your luggage.
2. Your car breaking down in the middle of the road (or anywhere).
3. Missing a flight.“Thank you” can be more painful than bemoaning the struggle, but it’s what gets us out of the struggle. Click To Tweet
4. Not being able to call or text someone (because your phone died or you have no service or something more important).
5. Breaking a bone or tearing a ligament.
6. Your loved one breaking a bone (or dislocating a shoulder, or hurting their back, or falling off a truck).We grow resilient each time we opt not to run away from or fight the frustrations. Click To Tweet
7. The heat/cooling in your car or house not working.
8. A lost or destroyed phone.
9. Alarming phone calls in the middle of the night, or first thing in the morning, or anytime at all.Be curious enough to find another reason why you won’t take this day for granted. Click To Tweet
10. Frozen pipes.
11. Getting pulled over by the police.
12. Losing an entire document on your computer or thumb drive.Appreciation for our ordinary experiences wakes us up to all the things that are going well. Click To Tweet
13. Not getting nearly enough sleep to function (a couple hours or none at all—I’m the type of person who truly needs their sleep to function).
14. Getting sick.
15. Losing power.Life tends to feel like a blessing when we see life as a blessing. Click To Tweet
What is it you’re grateful for NOT having to deal with today? The way I’ve experienced life so far, there’s always got to be something, however trivial it seems.
Please share your thoughts, things that you’re grateful for not having today, and any inspiring stories of a positive shift with me in the comments.
Help someone else see the bright spots in their ordinary days; if this post helped you, share it to inspire gratitude (but not force it).
Don’t take being alive for granted.