A simple thing
An exercise in gratitude.
Recently, I was told that sales can be a thankless job. Allegedly, it’s always “what have you done for me today” and rarely ever “thanks for what you did yesterday.”
I thought this was pretty funny because life can feel a lot like that. When I really think about it, I’m thankful for so much in my life. I’m thankful for the family and friends I have, for what I’ve created, what I’ve yet to create, and for all of my experiences.
There is so much that I have accomplished yesterday that I ought to be thankful for.
I never really properly reconcile that. Yesterday is easily forgotten, and today is stressful. My daily inputs are crowded. Each day is fraught with its own pile of new and old anxieties. I worry about stupid things like what someone thought of me, I stack myself against my peers, and I doubt what I’m capable of.
And yet, as I’ve come to learn, my crowded daily inputs – giving my best at work, showing up for family & friends, putting myself out there – slowly shape together over months like puzzle pieces, and the anxieties fade with time.
At the end of the day, my family and I have our health. I have a solid roof over my head, I get to build cool shit, and my cat’s bowl is filled each morning. I will likely continue to worry about this or that to wit’s end, but I hope that giving myself some space to feel grateful will make the anxieties a little quieter.
I tried to write a small poem about how I’m feeling, I hope you like it.
A simple thing
Easily forgotten, when life’s demands ring.
A check we can cash, but not for a single thing.
We’re always in a rush so let us not forget,
Gratitude is a feeling we must actively select.
A powerful attitude that can change our view,
For the things we have, not the things we pursue.
Wishing you and yours the best,