An important part of living a mindful life is making time for reflection. This most often means time spent alone without distraction or work, focused instead on thoughtful appreciation.
We are so used to distracting ourselves with technology, or too busy to smell the roses, that meaningful moments pass us by unnoticed. I believe that moments of solitude are fundamental to appreciating what we have in this life. And I think that gratitude is the most direct roadmap to happiness, if only we’re aware enough to recognize it.
Recently, I’ve been making more effort to practice gratitude. In that spirit, here are a few things I am thankful for today (in no particular order):
- An adventurous spirit which has led me to far corners to discover new places, meet great people, and have amazing experiences
- My education which has opened doors to a wonderful and rewarding career
- My health and fitness which powers my bike and fuels my energy to push harder
- My boyfriend who is a good soul
- My longtime friends on whom I can always rely
- My family who instilled important values that set me on a solid path
- And finally, I am thankful to live in a country that is free, beautiful and full of opportunity