Having just recently returned from our first ever family overseas trip, I was struck by a sudden realisation when I entered my home. Although I was happy to be back in my comfortable space, I realised how small my world at home was.
I never realised it was small though! It certainly seemed full enough! I was very busy with my work, my family, my attempts at housekeeping – there never seemed to be enough hours in the day. But when I was away from “my world” the possibilities in life seemed endless! We were fortunate to see some amazing scenery in beautiful weather – we went to LA, San Francisco, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and more and for the most part, we were always one step ahead of the inclement weather. It was really a blessing to spend this time with my beautiful family.
But what I think I was really missing on my return home was the freedom to choose what I did each day, what new things I was going to experience and bring into my life and create memories with. Now, you are probably already one step ahead of me here – the realisation gradually dawned on me (even though it’s something I tell others all the time!), is that those choices have always been there. The fact that my life is so busy has been created through my choices! I had shrunk my world by throwing it into a tumble dryer of obligations, commitments and mindlessness.
Yes, or course we need to have some way of funding our existence but do we really need to stay busy all the time? Since my return, I have committed to taking the power back in more aspects of my life with mindfully choosing what I am committing to and engaging in the activities that truly nourish me, like time with my family and friends.
We have immense beauty all around us and connecting with our sense of gratitude for the blessings we have in our lives is a true expression of love. For me, gratitude, like mindfulness, is a state of being, not just an action. It involves all your senses and fills your soul. When we truly operate from gratitude and love, our world becomes so much bigger!