Last week the sisters and I went to celebrate a very dear friend’s birthday and the hostess with the mostess gave us all a journal with this quote on it and she offered up the idea to use the notebook as a place to jot down things we are grateful for. I love everything about this quote and this idea. I practice gratitude daily and each morning I mentally jot down three things I am thankful for. I’ve been doing so for over a year and it has completely changed my mindset.
Everyday I teach yoga. I absolutely love teaching yoga. It is an extremely rewarding career, it’s fun, it’s creative and it has helped me find balance in my life, both figuratively and literally. But I’ll be honest with you, it doesn’t do much for my bank account and there is a lot of time spent in the car going from place to place. There is also the issue of dealing with small studio owners, some of which have been very difficult to work for. Those small aspects of my job, my daily life, are the thorns in which I get stabbed by regularly. However, when I look at what I do as a whole, I don’t see the thorns. I see the beautiful flower that is yoga and teaching it. I see that I help people, both mentally and physically. I see that I have made some really beautiful friendships with other teachers and students. I see that I get to go into a room and share with people something that is very special to me and I get to laugh at my job, often. It’s like everything in life. You can either see what you dislike about a situation and let it fester or you can see the beauty in it and let that be your focal point in life. I try very hard to live by this quote. Life is far too short to be stuck living in a world of where you only see the thorns and not the flower itself. For me, it’s all in the mind and the ability to make a choice on how you want to experience life. The next time life gives you a undesirable situation, try finding the desirable twist to it…it’s there.