heart of gratitude.

I don’t know if I ever really set aside an appropriate time to have a heart of gratitude towards a season life until it has already passed.

I get caught up in the when ________ happens then I will be _________ cycle of thinking. I rarely find myself remaining aware of the present circumstances  in my life.  Even when I’m eating breakfast I’m wondering what I will have for lunch. Which is definitely important, don’t get me wrong.

How do I practice slowing down when I am so accustomed to living in a world always on the go? We know how to keep up not how to slow down and focus on what is good in our lives.

A few years ago a mentor of mine challenged me to take some time every day to write down three things that bring me joy. Three years later, I still do this practice. It’s starts my day…

So, how do I do it? How do I be present? There is so much goodness in my life right now. First year of marriage, in the second year of a job I love, creating community with young, married friends, appreciating family more than ever, living in our second one-bedroom apartment. These are some of the best times. The times when life stages seem so new. I don’t want to miss it while wishing I was on the other side of it. I never want to go through the day-to-day just getting through until the next stage comes. I want to appreciate what is right in front of me. I want to embrace figuring it out. I want to trust the process when it seems like I have no idea what I’m even doing. No one writes a manuscript for your twenties. I have nothing to go off of except for my own experiences and those around me.

I hope that when I look back on where I am in life right now that I am able to say, with confidence, even though I had no idea the right answer or what was to come, that I had a heart of joyful gratitude embracing it.

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