Today I will be talking about gratitude. The meaning of gratitude in the dictionary is:
“The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness” ~ Oxford Dictionary 2014.
I think this statement is a perfect definition because the way I see gratitude is to show and feel deeply in your heart, appreciation for things that you have been lucky enough to see, hear, smell, feel, experience, learn and enjoy. Let me tell you a little bit more about what I believe gratitude is, does and means to my life and could mean to yours…
I like to imagine that there is a little blue bird inside my heart and soul that has different kinds of strengths. The small bird tweets little nothings in my ear, but to me they are big something’s. It always shares its power of optimism against that cheeky pessimism, and my beautiful bird makes me feel very grateful to have it by my side. I believe everybody has a little bird. Sometimes you just haven’t searched deep enough to find it. It did take me a while to see and hear my blue bird, but it definitely helped me gain more strength than I ever thought I had. My little blue bird symbolises my gratitude. I always try to listen to my bird, every second of every day.
I recommend everyone to have a long, relaxing think about what you are all grateful for. I have a number of things I am grateful for everyday. Here are ten things that I feel like we should celebrate all the time, but remember there are more, many more!
1. Family… pets too!
Family and pets keep us company, show us their love, their support during bad times and they help us celebrate the good times.
2. Friends: You can be friends with whoever, whenever!
I find it amazing how we find our friends. When you meet someone you can feel that connection and know that you will be great friends for a long time. I love how everybody in Australia can be free and meet whoever they want.
3. Doctors… and don’t forget the nurses!
Doctors and nurses may seem a little scary at the start, but once you get to know them you find out how nice they are and that they only want to help you. When I was in hospital I met some great nurses. They would let me do their nails and they would bring me in ice-cream. They would also make me feel very comfortable when I was happy or sad. I made great connections with them.
4. Comedy: Humor and laughter!
I believe we all need a bit of laughter in life. When you are sad humor is there when you need it most. At any time of the day a bit of comedy can lighten the mood. You know what they say, “laughter is the best medicine!”
5. Smiles… not just your own, but others too!
It is very important to smile every day. There is nothing better than feeling good about yourself. Just one smile can lighten the day for many other people. Plus, it takes more muscles to frown than to smile! Always feel grateful for this beautiful feature on your face.
6. Nature: Sun, flowers, insects and even the scary ones!
Nature is a big part of life. You need the sun because you need a nice glow on the skin, flowers because they smell really nice and you can make pretty things out of them and insects because… they are a part of nature!
7. Fashion: Coco Chanel, Valentino, Pierre Cardin, Lisa Ho, Collette Dinnigan. (I love all their designs and hope to be like them when I am older!)
I have no idea what I would do without fashion! I love designing and I look up to these people. If we didn’t have fashion we wouldn’t have clothes, and if we didn’t have clothes being a fashion designer wouldn’t exist!
8. Experience: Bad things may happen in life, but you can take the experience and use it to make you stronger!
Experience develops important self-skills in life. Sometimes you learn more during bad times than the good times, which I think is great because without the little bumps, our lives would be completely boring! Having these detours helps us grow and explore a different path. If you think about it, without these lumps and bumps in life, we would be the same people, doing the same things, the same way, every day.
9. Other Important Things: Shelter, clothing and food!
We all need to remember how lucky we are to have these things in life. Shelter keeps us safe, clothing keeps us warm and food keeps us alive and doesn’t make us starve. Some people don’t get that, so we are very fortunate to have it.
10. Your Own Uniqueness: You shouldn’t pretend to be someone you’re not, because everybody is unique in their own way!
Everybody is different to each other. The best way to make friends is to relax and be yourself…that’s it! I don’t like it when people try to be a duplicate of another person because I can’t see who they really are. Plus, you get the best by showing how unique you are.
Writing lists about what you are grateful for really helps you see how and why everything that has happened to you. You are so lucky to be living in this world. I am positive that you will find your little bird, but it may not be a blue bird, it may be a pink owl or a purple eagle… Whatever you can see, shall be.
FZ out!! 🙂