Gratitude

I’ve been thinking a lot about simplicity, our days and our lives, having enough and sharing with others, and about gratitude.  I think I grew up noticing these things, and we also talk about it in our family, but now, returning from our trip in India makes me think a little deeper on this.  Of all the things we have in comparison to so many other people in the world.  How lucky we are.  I lucky I am.  We don’t have to worry about having drinking water, or having enough food to eat, or having a roof that will protect us.  We have all that.  And so much more!

We have lots of toys, and books (we can even get more book on different topics from the library two blocks away, whenever we want to!) We have clothes for all the seasons, shoes, and food to choose from.  We have papers of different colors, paints, fabric, yarn, a car to go places, we have an excellent bus system we could use if we want to, a beautiful city surrounded by nature and clean air.  We have friends, and family.

We have everything we need.  Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves how lucky we are.  I think in a society where more means better, and we are always trying to get the other thing, or just one more thing, or the new thing, I feel that sometimes is hard to realize that what we have is enough.

We need to open our eyes and see it.  And as Louie Schwartzberg says it in this video, we get 80% of the information through our eyes.  We just need to be aware, open our eyes and see.  Not take things for granted.

I think this is important.  It is easy for me to get used to things, and take things and people for granted.  I’ve been trying to remind myself, each day, how lucky I am, and not pass a day without noticing things or people.  I have a beautiful family, an amazing husband, Papá to two beautiful and amazing kids. I have everything I could possibly need.  And so much more.

I am alive, I have another day to see and live.  I am so very lucky.  I am grateful for that.

If you have 10 minutes, watch this video.  It is just beautiful and thought provoking.  I found it via SouleMama.

Have a beautiful and a grateful weekend as well.

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2 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Lia March 17, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    Que hermosas tus palabras Marce. Haces que me reconcilie con el país del norte.

    Estamos tan influenciados por el consumismo y el inconformismo de esta sociedad de mercado que nació por allá. Leer las palabras de una persona que vive y disfruta de las cosas simples de la vida en ese país tan poderoso, en el país que inventó los Mall y la coca cola jejeje, me hace ver que obviamente no todo es como parece. Ustedes disfrutan del aire libre, de las cosas a la antigua, de lo simple y eso es ¡¡ maravilloso !!.
    Uno de los motivos por los que aun no hemos viajado a USA es ese. No nos llama la atención ir de compras a Miami como tan a menudo viajan muchos chilenos, o a ver la “cultura” en Nueva York, o el mundo “Fantastico” de Disney.
    Estar en contacto contigo, ver que como ustedes viven, y que existe otra USA, es una lección para mi.

    Un besote prima y continua disfrutando de tu bella familia, la que ustedes han sabido formar porque son una pareja maravillosa.

    • naturallyfundays : marcela March 17, 2012 / 2:12 pm

      Primita. No todos somos iguales. En ninguna parte, en todas partes. Aca en especial, hay “de todo”! Y tienes razon, es dificil a veces ir contra la corriente, donde muchos quieren comprar para tener algo mejor y mas grande. Pero no todos y por seguro nosotros. Nos gusta lo que tenemos, nos encanta hacer cosas. Comer comidas hechas en casa, tener nuestra huerta, jardin, costurear, nuestras abejas, etc. Nos mantiene todos muy entretenidos!
      Me tinca que nos tienen que venir a ver a nosotros mejor. Portland, es una ciudad PRECIOSA, verde, con muchisimos parques y no muy lejos de rios, lagos, montañas, mar. Me tinca les encantaria mucho. Que les parece?

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