As a teenager I lusted after Doc Martens, black, preferably the boots that laced up the front and had kick-ass soles. They were not in my parents’ budget nor really in my realm of being as I just wasn’t cool enough (even then!) to wear them. But oh! how I wanted to be. Several years ago I found a pair of kids’ Docs at our local GoodWill and bought them on the spot for my girl even though they were several sizes too big for her at the time (we still have almost everything in that picture!). Today she wears them happily.
Last night I was gifted with a pair of Docs from my cousin. After reading this post recently the gift of them got me thinking as I rode my bike on the trainer this morning. The shoes are cute-ugly, the kind you either love or hate, I think. Me, I love them. They may not be the pair I yearned for as a teenager, but I still am so happy, so full of gratitude to have them.
I think I get trapped in looking out at the lives’ of other so often, yearning for what they might have, jealous of it, to the point that I fail to appreciate what I have. I am so LUCKY that I was able to contemplate all of this while riding my road bike on a trainer in my living room during the day, my daughter playing near by with a fire keeping us warm. I’m so LUCKY that I have the time to make fresh bread every week for my family and that we eat good meals together at our table, that my husband and I have the TIME and the SKILLS to help with homework. We don’t have to put off going to the doctor if someone is ill or injured, with have fantastic health insurance, and most of the time we’re all incredibly healthy and well, too. Things might not be all light and joy in our home all the time, my kids might sometimes prefer digital stimulation to books or crafting, I might not practice my yoga or meditation on a daily basis. But our lives are full of LIVING and finding joy in the small, the unexpected, the everyday.
Does this mean that from here on out I won’t feel want or jealousy or lack? Hell no. But hopefully I’ll keep working on practicing gratitude when I do feel those emotions.
What do you do to practice gratitude?