This post is Day 17 of the “21 Days of Gratitude – A Challenge for the Whole Family.” I am joining in a wonderful project, created by the lovely Mari of Inspired by Family, to spread the love in November for 21 Days of Contagious Gratitude. The idea is all about intentional gratitude – thinking about something for which you are grateful, every day in November leading up to Thanksgiving, and then tweeting, updating your Facebook status, blogging or sharing a pic on Instagram to show what you are feeling grateful for that day. Mari’s thought was that this would be contagious and seeing all of this gratitude would inspire others to consider what they are grateful for and the good feelings would spread around the globe. If you haven’t already joined in, it’s not too late! Head on over to the Inspired by Family Magazine blog and be inspired by the wonderful bloggers who are sharing a beautiful collection of 21 days of being thankful posts and start sharing your gratitude in whichever way you like.
I have so much to be grateful for, that when I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t sure where to begin. Should I write a list of 100 reasons to be grateful? Should I write about my family and the love they bring to my life every day, or my friends who support me through every moment and make me laugh even on the toughest days? I began to think about what lessons I needed to learn about gratitude and then I remembered the quote you see above. “Enough is a Feast”. This is a Buddhist proverb that stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it. (If you are a fan of Mary Poppins you’ll know she also espoused a version of this sentiment in the scene when she uses magic to clean Jane and Michael’s nursery!)
It is so easy to fall into the mindset that having more will make us happier. I’ve been so caught up lately with focusing on the negative and what I don’t have – things like not living in my dream home, not being able to take a family vacation, or the fact that our dishwasher is broken and we won’t be able to replace it for a few months. Will life be altered because I have to spend time washing the dishes by hand for a few months? Of course not. That dishwasher was a non-essential, and lamenting it’s loss isn’t going to help anyone. All this negativity is just holding me back from focusing on the wonderful things that I DO have in my life, things that really mater. Actually I should be ashamed for being upset about it – talk about first world problems! I am lucky to live in a part of the world where I can walk into my kitchen and turn on a tap with fresh running water instead of having to walk for miles to collect water for my family. So today I’m focusing on the sentiment that enough is a feast. Excess will bring no more happiness than just having enough. I am taking note of all that I do have, and reminding myself that it is already enough and I am already feasting.
I am so thankful for the ordinary and mundane, the every day events. Today, those moments were: making a meal for my family, and having access to fresh and healthy produce to make that meal. Tickles and cuddles on the sofa with my son. A quiet moment to have a cup of coffee in the backyard in the warm sunshine. Finding a drawing from my son tucked inside my handbag. A very loud house, filled with playful shouts and laughter. This is more than enough. This is my feast.
What are you grateful for today? Let’s share in the comments below.
This post is Day 17 of the “21 Days of Gratitude – A Challenge for the Whole Family.” Head on over to the Inspired by Family Magazine blog and be inspired by the wonderful bloggers who are sharing an inspiring collection of 21 days of being thankful posts.
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