The other day I was walking Kipling, and I saw an elderly man walking his two dogs. Cute in its own right, but what was even more heartwarming was the fact that this man limped as he walked. I don’t love the fact that this man has difficulty walking, but I love the fact that I can see such selflessness in a stranger. He struggles with walking, but he will go outside and do it for the sake of his pups. You don’t always see people being so selfless for one another, much less for an animal. It warmed my heart and reminded me to just be grateful and stop complaining. I get annoyed being woken up to Kipling’s whines in the morning and having to stumble outside in the cold and wait, sometimes what seems like forever, for her to use the bathroom. But what am I complaining about? I’m in good health and can easily walk out the front door. I have a happy, healthy puppy, who can’t wait to start the day and get outside.
In today’s fast moving world with all of its conveniences, it’s easy to get caught up in all of it. It’s easy to complain about little circumstances and complain about what you don’t have or what you can’t do. I’m a victim of this myself…patrolling Instagram and seeing thousands of sources of inspiration and then feeling sullen about how I will never have that or never go to there, etc. etc. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with what you don’t have. But why don’t we focus on what we do have? Maybe if we spent a little more time appreciating all the good in our life, which if you just look a little closer, is a whole lot, we wouldn’t be so envious and instead would just be happy.
I try to remind myself of this when I get annoyed at the internet being slow or my phone freezing up. We have miraculous machines that can do almost anything, and we are complaining about a couple of little setbacks?! Our mindset nowadays is really amazing. People used to only be able to communicate through handwritten letters, and now we get irritated when someone doesn’t answer the phone on our first call. With advancements in technology and modern conveniences (though I love ’em, don’t get me wrong), we aren’t getting happier. We’re just searching for the next best thing. Continuously. And I want to stop doing that. I want to appreciate the here and the now. What I do have and where I am in life currently.
I hope I have to take Kipling out to “potty” several thousand more times. If it takes several years for us to be able to own a home, or if it never happens, I will still be grateful. We have a roof over our head, and home is really wherever you are. It’s important to have goals and push yourself to achieving more in life, but it’s equally as important to live in the present and count your blessings.
I want to slow down and appreciate the little and the big things. I want to appreciate others, for I feel we can all be undervalued. If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to watch this short video about what it takes to be happier. It’s lovely.
I apologize for the rambling and if none of the above flowed together. I’ve had this on my mind lately, especially in my post-vacation funk, and wanted to get it written down. I could go on with a million more words, but I’ll spare you. I probably always talk about the journey towards happiness and being grateful, but I think it’s an important thing to think about. Every day. You have to strive for and create your own happiness. Things don’t always come to those who wait. And a good way to start is just by being grateful.