I hate to say it but that’s how gratitude often works…
“you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”, and when it’s gone, you develop a huge appreciation for what was.
Whether it’s your career you may be complaining about, your partner or your kids, it’s possible you find it easy to complain.
Every morning might sound something like this:
…ugh I have to go to work, instead of I’m grateful for my career
…ugh I have to get the kids to school, instead of appreciation for time spent with them
Do you ever take things or people for granted? Even your health. Most of us don’t think much about our health and wellbeing when we’re feeling good but, when we’re sick, all of a sudden our health becomes the most important thing to us.
Where you are now in life is a result of all the choices you’ve made up until now.
Sure, sometimes crisis seems to appear out of nowhere but mostly things fall apart because of constant neglect over a prolonged period of time.
What in your life have you been neglecting?
Lots of us could put ourselves at the top of this list. The pace you’ve created in your life may feel unsustainable and finding time for self-care might feel impossible.
In fact, the #1 excuse I hear from people for not doing yoga is “I don’t have time.”
I believe wholeheartedly that yoga is the greatest definition of self-care because it’s fitness for your mind, body and spirit.
But the truth is, self-care won’t really matter to you until your health is compromised in some way be that through mental, physical or emotional disease.
That’s a very chaotic way of living where you run from one problem to the next trying to fix what shouldn’t be broken.
Yoga gives you time and space for self-reflection. The inward journey shows you what is working well in your life and what isn’t. Don’t wait until things are broken to fix them, especially your health and your heart. Your heart breaks a little each day when you go against yourself. When you start to believe that you have to maintain this unstainable pace.
Slow down, and right now take a really deep breath and ask yourself:
What are your true priorities for today, and for your life.
Who and what is really important to you now?
And, be grateful.