Throughout my time in Bali, I was constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to call Australia home. I felt immensely grateful for our clean drinking water, our safe roads, our abundance of quality produce, the value of our dollar and our quality of life.
Upon returning home, I was amazed at how easy it was to slip back into the same old routine of taking this life for granted. As I strolled through the streets of my inner-city suburb of Prahran, I was immediately sucked back into the comparison trap. Surrounded by shiny new Range Rovers, freshly renovated multi-million dollar homes and exclusive boutiques sporting t-shirts that cost more than an entire month’s earnings, I felt like the life I live wasn’t enough. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but hey, I’m only human.
I was astonished that it took less than twenty-four hours for three weeks’ worth of gratitude to completely dissolve. Thankfully, in that moment of comparison, I caught myself. I stopped my envious thoughts and feelings of inadequacy right in their tracks. And I reminded myself of the importance of practising gratitude, over and over and over again. I reminded myself to cultivate a positive mindset, to look for the good, to focus on what I have rather than what I don’t. To let go of the deeply ingrained Western sense of deficiency and remind myself that I am oh so lucky to live the life I do.
I have no doubt that I’m not alone in my comparisons. That at times it can be easy to focus on the ways in which we do not feel ‘enough’. However, I know how much of a difference practising gratitude can make.
So with this in mind, I’d like to invite you to take a moment to close your eyes and reflect on three things you’re grateful for;
1. A loved one
2. Something that went well during your day, and most importantly…
3. A challenge that’s helping you to grow