Gratitude has been talked about all month long and I want to keep this going. Let’s make it a part of our daily life. Let’s make it a habit. A habit we are proud of, that makes us feel free and brings us happiness.
One way to start a gratitude practice is to look at someone else’s regrets. I say this because I have had Erma Bombeck’s “If I Had My Life To Live Over” hanging on my fridge for years now and I usually read a sentence or two every day. I am amazed how it can pull me into the present moment and remind me to enjoy what I have with a smile. My husband says he loves reading a line or too when filling up his water glass.
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer)
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching real life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.’ There would have been more ‘I love you’s’ More ‘I’m sorry’s.’
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it… live it and never give it back.
Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what. Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
I am hoping that by sharing it with you, you will also be inspired to look at around and be grateful for what you see every day.
You can print this out here and hang for a reminder in your house.
If you are looking to start a gratitude practice and take small moments to yourself everyday then I encourage you to take a look at my yoga ecourses Slow Down To Move Forward and Rejuvenate + Create. They are filled with with short videos and printables to bring yoga poses, breathing and gratitude into your daily life. I am offering you $10 off with the code GRATITUDE10 until midnight on Monday, November 30th. For each one sold, I will donate one to a single parent with cancer through Singleton Moms, a local non-profit organization.
Keep this momentum of gratitude going through the holiday season and make it a habit in 2016!
I am also offering a few one-on-one sessions before in December for a discounted price. Details here: http://www.kerryburki.com/work-with-me/