An Attitude of Gratitude

I haven’t written in a while.
Actually, it’s been kind of a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve thought about it, it’s just that I haven’t been inspired. So when I sat down today to put words to paper, I took a moment to think about where that lack of inspiration came from.
That’s when it hit me.
My life has been somewhat uneventful in the last few weeks. Let me explain: I’ve certainly been enjoying myself. I’ve been spending time with friends, loving this weather, getting back to my running. But nothing bad has happened, nothing challenging has come my way.
And that’s when I wondered, why do I have to be in a hard place in order to write? So instead, I’m finding inspiration in gratitude.

Because the truth is, it doesn’t take much. It’s the simple things, really.
We forget often. We forget to look at all the beauty.
We get caught up in the parts of our experiences that scream, the ones that are incredibly loud and demand our attention.
The pain in our shoulders
The annoying co-worker
The sadness…
Those parts of our days that act like uncle bob after a few too many beers, demanding our undivided attention regardless of the importance.
These sensations, these thoughts, these emotions take up so much space that we forget to listen to the thousands of whispers beneath the shouting. We know they are there, all those layers of experience hiding in the background: slipping into a favourite pair of jeans, a warm cup of tea when it’s raining outside, the burst of flavour in those freshly picked berries.

I recently spent 10 days on vacation and all I could think of on our 16 hour drive home was that I didn’t want to go back to my routine. I love (and I mean LOVE) teaching yoga and owning a beautiful studio. But somehow I got lost in my experience of not being on vacation anymore.

And then it happened.

I turned the key in the lock and I was greeted by two dogs who were so incredibly happy to see me. There is nothing quite like coming home to furchildren who want nothing but to love you and who are so excited you’re back. (So excited in fact, one of them actually peed!)

And in that moment of joy, I felt deep in my bones what I’ve known all along, that there is so much to be grateful for.

So today, I’m inviting myself, and you, to look a little closer. I’m inviting all of us to pause a little longer, to linger at the rose bushes, to roll around in our clean sheets an extra moment or two, to relish in the joys that are all around us, every day.

So here is my list of gratitude for today:

Waking up cuddled between my dog and my loveimages
Feeling the cool breeze on my skin
Going for a run by the river
Listening to my favorite tunes
Sharing a meal with a beautiful new friend
Fresh baked sourdough bread
Getting my hands dirty making kimchi
Friendly folks with easy smiles
Walking through the grass barefoot
My love making me homemade pizza
Lingering an extra moment in the shower
The start to a weekend free of commitments

I could go on, really. My list could be pages long.

Once we start recognizing the magic, we realize it is all around us, always.

What are you grateful for?

Published by myriam khouzam

i am interested by life's simple intricacies. i am silence and noise. i am duality. i am a raw treat making, yoga teaching, dog walking lover of life.

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  1. I have just read you newest posting. Once more I am amazed at your wisdom and love of life. Gratitude is just this: love of life all it brings us. Forced to stay put lately, I realized that lack of movement and physically active involvement, allowed me to go beyond the pain in my ankle and find joy in other things, As I often say: “Merci mon Dieu”…
    Love you,

  2. I am grateful for knowing I’m always supported, the peace and quiet of my home and perfect health. Live & love. Xo, fancy

  3. I am grateful for my sister who always seems to write the perfect words at the perfect moment. Thank you. I needed to be reminded of that today. Xox

  4. I love waking up in a cuddle sandwich too! love you and am so grateful for you.xxoxooxo

  5. Beautiful words Myriam! I am grateful for…
    My loving family who supports me through anything…good and challenging
    Beautiful friends who I cherish, those who have been around a while, and my new friends who also bring new light to my life
    Living in such an amazing Country where the people are kind, where we can experience the wonder of many seasons, where opportunities are plentiful and especially where we always feel safe
    The feeling of joy and peace when I run on a trail
    Yoga at my favorite studio with lovely people
    My health, your health

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