Feeling grateful is such an empowering emotion, and it’s one that doesn’t always come to mind unless we take the time to sit down and think about it.
And when we actually do that, we can find hundreds of things to be grateful for, and suddenly our seemingly ordinary life becomes something of wonder and joy. Often we forget to be grateful for the little things that we take for granted.
In 1999 I broke my leg quite badly – my femur snapped in half at Tae Kwon Do training and I had to have a titanium rod inserted in the bone from hip to knee with screws through my knee and at the top to hold it all in place. I was on crutches for about four months, then hobbled around on one crutch for about another month before I was walking without help.
Whilst on those crutches I would at times, be slowly making my way through a shopping centre, enviously looking at all those people with two healthy legs. I knew my condition was only temporary, and I made a pact then to always be grateful for having two healthy working legs, because I knew how hard it was when you didn’t.
It’s appreciating simple things like this, that can help us to see the joy in life, to take notice of those seemingly insignificant parts of life that get caught up in the “busy-ness” and we forget how special some of those every day gifts are.
Besides that, reflecting on all the things that we’re grateful for, makes us smile, and lots of smiling is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle!