“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”-Melody beattie
Wait, what? I know what you are thinking- Instagram feeds my negativity monster. How did it help you focus on the positives? Well, the other day, I had the oddest moment. And it wasn’t odd in the sense of its nature, it was only odd because I did not expect to experience the emotions I did in that moment.
I was creating a reel on Instagram (because you know, content) and decided it was going to be a reel consisting of some of my happiest moments with a motivational audio attached to it. Instagram reels only allows up to a minute of clips and while I was trying to add clips to the reel, I found myself frustrated because I couldn’t fit all the clips I wanted to in a minute’s worth of content. Something came over me and I began to cry. And no, not because of my frustration. I was frustrated but not THAT frustrated. In that moment, I realized how blessed I was because I had too many happy moments.
I began to gather my thoughts and type my caption while processing my emotions. Within the caption, I wrote:
I literally teared up while making this…
I wanted to make a reel of some of my happiest moments and realized I have way too many to fit in one minute. I started crying because I realized in this moment that I take my life for granted at times. It’s easy to overlook our blessings when we are stuck in our everyday routine. But wow, I AM BLESSED.
Young Ang could never. I never anticipated experiencing all the wonderful things I have experienced. I prayed for this. I worked for this. ABUNDANCE IS MY BIRTHRIGHT and I plan to pass that down to my daughter.
I challenge you all to do the same. What are some of the things in your life that you are grateful for? Just take a moment and really analyze it. You might just surprise yourself.
Shoutout to the people who contribute to my blessings every day. I love you all.
I posted the reel but ended up taking it down because it had low engagement (don’t even get me started on IG algorithm and my frustration with it). But besides my failed attempt to create a viral reel (sigh, I’ll try again tomorrow), I am grateful for the moment of creating the reel because it forced me to seek out the happiest moments of my life. It forced me to reminisce and then reflect. It truly shifted my perspective! Because, I am human, and I struggle to be positive. I tend to be pessimistic. I am a work in progress and have not quite mastered the art of optimism. Because if I am being transparent, I was having a horrible day. My daughter was not feeling well and was screaming and crying her head off. Let’s not forget the spontaneous, projectile vomit she graced me with. Or the fact that I was drowning in work emails and my work phone was blowing up, but I couldn’t tend to those because caring for my daughter was my top priority. Cue major anxiety. The day was trash. Literally, throw the whole day away! But I forgot about all of that once I focused on how good my life is. Chaotic but very good, nonetheless. Ah, the power of gratitude.
I am grateful for this life because it is a gift. I am grateful for the opportunity to create and mold each passing moment into the life design I desire and deserve. I am grateful for the difficult experiences because it enhances my appreciation for the wonderful experiences. I am grateful for my family. My husband, daughter, and friends. I am grateful for my health. For my compassion and empathy. I could go on and on. Overall, the blessings outweigh the lessons.
So now, I challenge you, my lovely readers. What are you grateful for in your life? Have you ever experienced a moment of gratitude that it brought tears to your eyes? I would love to hear from you all! Sending my love ❤
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