Be Grateful For This Day

Derrick Freske

It can be so hard to live in the present moment. We are constantly thinking about where we want to go and the places we have been that we would like to return to.

The people we have loved that have left, the people we have loved that we have left.

The world as it looked like then. We often find ourselves reminiscing about time periods that we can never revisit.

We often find ourselves drifting, dreaming of a future that has not yet come to be. The house we want to buy, the vacation we want to take, the new car, the new job, the day we are old enough to do this, the day we are able to do that.

But don’t you see? We miss so much by doing this. We may never get to revisit the past but each moment passing by will soon be just that, either a forgotten or cherished memory. As soon as you blink your eyes another second you will never be able to relive has expired.

If you spend all of your days wishing and praying for something else, you will never be able to appreciate the little things going on around you everyday.

Stop. Take a moment. Do you even realize how many blessings are happening in your life at this very moment? ‘Blessings’ does not have to be a box in which we only place the big ticket things. A new material thing, a budding relationship, a luxurious home. What about all the small things?

Did you have enough money in your pockets to eat today? To enjoy a home cooked meal with family or a quiet TV dinner by yourself? That alone is something to be grateful for.

Did you wake up this morning with sun shining through your window, a roof over your head? Did you wake up this morning safe? Healthy?

Are you going to spend your day doing something you love? Are you going to a job that helps support your family? Are you going to treat yourself to coffee today from your favorite place? Meet coworkers for a drink after work? See a movie? Read a beautiful book? Blessings. Blessings. Blessings.

Stop. Take a moment. Be grateful. For this day. For all it has to offer you.
The people, the places, the experiences. All of it.

Remember, that this day, this hour, will never happen again. Take each moment as it comes and be present.

You have a beautiful life. You have so much to be grateful for. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

Alison Malee is a poet and the author of the book Shifting Bone.

Shifting Bone is available as a physical and electronic book. You can buy it here

Alison Malee is an accomplished poet, author, and actress. Read her book Shifting Bone here.

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