July 26, 2012

Be Grateful - Not A Model Mantra

Lately, I can't help but become unbearably sad when I read the newspaper. Lately, I can't help but question the world that I live in. 

Today, be grateful.

Today, there is no lack in your life and if there is, put it away for one second. Instead, think of everything (little and large) that you are thankful for.

For me it's:

Shoulders that like to kiss the sunlight, a good friend to call on the phone, the sound of laughter that travels to my toes, a fresh vegetable salad, a frigid glass of beer, the morning sunshine, the afternoon storm, a roommate who lets me nap in her bed because hers is more comfortable, the way that I can read this sentence right now, comprehend it, walk away from it, and remember it; a body with working limbs to carry me from place to place, a fridge with food in it, discovering a new album that ignites my elbows, a firm pillow, a place to take a warm shower, a desire to be better, the fact that I'm only gone for eight weeks and my parents are flying over to visit me this weekend. 

The way that the moment you start listing all the things you have to be thankful for, you realize there is not one extra thing you could need.

This week's mantra is as follows: 

"A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have."- anonymous