I’m struggling right now.
Struggling with motivation because I’m still waiting for uni to accept this project.
Struggling with the state of the world because, well, you live here. You know.
I’m struggling with struggling because I know I really shouldn’t be—not when I put life in perspective.
So, this week is all about—
The thing that’s missing when you’re struggling and what you need the most.
… be mindful of how rare it is to find ourselves in human form on Earth.
~ Mark Nepo
In the midst of all the struggle, I’m trying to find moments—just moments.
Moments of gratitude for the rareness of life.
And just like happiness and love and enjoyment (all the good things!), we don’t feel them 100% of the time—it’s not humanly possible.
But the more moments of gratitude we have, no matter how brief, the more moments we have to cobble together to create a grateful life.
When I sat down to write this post, I needed a dose of inspiration. So, I went to my happy place—ted.com and did a plain old search of gratitude.
TED, I said, throw some of that ice cold gratitude water right in my face, please and thank you.
What I found was my dear old friend, David Steindlt-Rast—he’s not really my friend, we’ve never met, but I have watched this talk before. I couldn’t remember what he said, but I remembered how he said it.
I remembered him being just delightful.
And he was. He is. Now, I can also share what he said.
Every moment is a gift. They’re called given moments because that’s exactly what they are—they’re given to us.
A privilege, not a right.
But, the moments themselves aren’t really what’s important—it’s the opportunity that each given moment holds.
What are you going to do with your given moments?
David says there is one thing that binds us all together and that is the pursuit of happiness.
We all want to be happy, no matter what that definition of happy is.
But, he says there’s a misperception that happy people are grateful people—in fact, it’s the other way around.
Grateful people are happy people.
So, in a world where we rush from A to P to D to Z, how do we find time for gratitude?
According to David, it’s quite simple—
We remember what we were told when we were children learning to cross the road.
Stop—take a breath. Or several. Just slow the heck down!
Look—not just with our eyes. We’ve been blessed with so many senses—we can hear things that we can’t see and see things we can’t touch and touch things we can’t smell and smell things we can’t taste.
Go—what is the action you’re going to take in this given moment?