How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

From overcoming huge struggles that let us appreciate the little things to simply basking in the mundane interactions so many of us take for granted, lessons on gratefulness, joy and what really matters can come from any source, any time, any place and anybody.

darren-nolander-cakeIt was always about the small things

Not every inspirational blog needs to be written by a guru. There is absolutely value in hearing the sage wisdom of those who have devoted their lives to enhancing the well-being of others through their words, but the truth is, opportunities to expand our minds and hearts are all around. Take, for example, a blog I came across the other day on Tiny Buddha. The post, on gratefulness, is compiled by the site’s founder, Lori Deschene, but she’s not the one impressing what you should see, do and ingest to appreciate your life and the surrounding world.

Life’s challenges tend to lead to greater appreciation of the every day

Instead, she asked blog enthusiasts to tell her how, when and where they find the everyday opportunities to be grateful. They did this by finishing the sentence “I appreciate that every day I get to…” These everyday people discussed how pursuing their dreams and even the small interactions with friends and family brought them joy on a regular basis.

Open yourself to being a student of life, not just a student of wisdom

This post was not intended to revel in the gargantuan milestones that bring a heightened, yet fleeting joy to our lives. Rather, it serves as a wonderfully warm reminder – a smack in the face, even – of how much we have to be grateful for, regardless of our individual struggles, and how often we are given the chance to feel and express that gratitude.

Below is just a sample of some small daily pleasures that make a big impact on my long-term happiness and healthy mindset.

I Appreciate That Every Day I Get To…

  • Wake up in beautiful San Diego with the sun shining.
  • Learn something new, like surfing.
  • Practice making better choices.
  • Have another opportunity to make things right, whatever right is.
  • Be here. Not everyone made it through the night. Be grateful you’re still here.

From overcoming huge struggles that let us appreciate the little things to simply basking in the mundane interactions so many of us take for granted, lessons on gratefulness, joy and what really matters can come from any source, any time, any place and anybody.

You just have to be open to receiving the message. How would you finish this sentence (I Appreciate That Every Day I Get To…)? Let me know at Let me know at dnolander@financeofamerica.com or share in the comments below.

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