Gratitude And Daily Life
Wow, we’re a week out from Christmas. This holiday season seems to be flying by in a whirl of get-togethers, parties, recitals and life. But as I sit here and pause for a moment, I have a sense of peace about me that I don’t know if I’ve ever felt before. And that’s pretty cool. I don’t know if it’s the gratitude talking or what, but life is pretty damn good.
I’ve talked about gratitude before and I’ll talk about it again, because for me, it is the first step in dealing with life on life’s terms. Gratitude is something that I embrace from the moment I wake up and it is my goal to carry that gratitude all day long. Because when I’m thankful for the little things in my life, the everyday and ordinary things, it gives me an awareness of how fragile life really is. With this comes the realization of how quickly things can change. One decision can totally change the course of your entire life.
Think about that. One decision. Left or right. Speed up or slow down. Yes or no.
And it’s not just about the decisions you make. It’s about the decisions those around you make.
Life. It’s fragile.
So what does that mean? I think that it means that we should be more conscious of how we spend our time. I think that the whole point of this mindfulness thing that we keep talking about is really, at it’s heart, simply being more aware of the things you do every day. And there are so many things that we do that are routine, even automatic, that we simply do. But these routine and even repetitive things are your life. And by just getting through these everyday tasks and actions we not experiencing life. We’re just doing.
Something that I have gotten in a bad habit of lately is my eating. I haven’t been on the ball with my diet and I’ve been eating on the run way too much, which has led to me eating things that probably aren’t for the best. So I’m going to challenge myself to be mindful of how I eat. And I don’t simply mean what I’m eating. I mean more so how I’m doing it. For starters- no more eating in the car, i.e. drive thru’s. I know for me I’ve gone that route out of convenience in a busy schedule, but that is the worst.
Another thing that I’ve been thinking about regarding food is how we get what comes on our plate. So another component of my mindful eating is going to be to think about where my food comes from. Hopefully this will lead to me asking more questions and learning more about just what I’m putting in my body. I think on a mindful level that will be neat to see that connection and how it guides my eating patterns and choice. I’ve been thinking about a vegetarian diet for a multitude of reasons and may give that a try in the coming months. I’d welcome anyones input on that- If you’d like to, email me at Jason (at) yeslouisville (dot) com.
So there you go. Gratitude and food and mindfulness and awareness. Happy Monday, everybody!