So this week, something dreadful happened... I got the flu. After my earlier post about how much I love the Autumn, this seems pretty ironic.
Anyway, so last week I heard a man speak about his time living in the war- torn country of Burundi in Africa, and he said something that hit pretty hard. He said that he had never been thankful for his eyes, until somebody threatened to gouge them out. True; me having the flu is nowhere near as drastic, but the point I'm trying to make is this: sometimes in our illness/weakness/struggle, we realise the things that we should be grateful for but most of the time, we just take for granted.
- A Bed - How amazing is it that I have a bed! It has a duvet, and not just one but TWO pillows. And I get to sleep in that nearly every night. That's pretty neat.
- Running Water- My throat has been disgustingly soar these last few days, and I have been coughing non-stop. Thankfully, I can go grab water from a tap whenever I need it. This would be so much more difficult if I was having to travel somewhere to get myself clean water.
- Netflix- I have been able to sit at home, curled up under my blanket and watch movies/ tv with just a click of a few buttons. Marathoning Once Upon A Time with the mother is always fun.
- A Voice- The one I have at the moment is croaky and gross, but the fact that usually I am able to talk (which I do too much), and rant, and shout and sing. Not everyone can, so I am pretty grateful for mine.
- The Internet- I just don't know what I'd do without you internet, I really don't.
In the title of this little blog post, I referred to gratitude as a burden, because I think it can be: Sometimes, it so hard to see beyond the crappy stuff going on right now, and beyond the way that you're feeling, that you don't want to be thankful for anything. I also think gratitude can feel like a burden, because it forces us to look at our own privilege. We're being thankful for those things that we have that maybe other people don't. That can make us feel guilty sometimes, or maybe that's just me, I don't know.
The point I want to make though is this: Gratitude goes a long way. A lot of how we live our life and how we feel, comes down to our mindset and our perception of the world around us. If we are more thankful for the things we have been blessed with, we will generally feel more content with how our lives are going. So say Thank You today. Make a list of things to be thankful for. Gratitude is a burden, but it can also lift a weight of our shoulders.