Does anyone else get annoyed when they see #blessed or #grateful on someone’s social media? Be honest. It can’t just be me.
It’s not that I’m jaded or cynical. However, it does seem easy, straightforward and uncomplicated to feel blessed and grateful for the things these #’s are normally put on: like perfect sunsets, vacations, smiling family members, etc. I.E. when things are going great. But, gratitude isn’t always perfect. It doesn’t have to be rainbows, sparkles and unicorns. And there is no wrong way to be grateful.Tweet: There is no wrong way to be grateful.
Elle and I have been discussing the idea of being grateful for things that aren’t Instagram perfect. We’ve decided to call these things #mundanegratitude. We believe that if you can find gratitude in the everyday, and not just in the perfect moments, you can appreciate your life for what it is, rather than for what it is not. This is something I have written briefly about on our Tumblr.
To put a bit of a holiday spin on this topic, maybe the store is all sold out of the toy that your child desperately wants. Can you still be #grateful when that happens? What would the silver lining be? Maybe now you can have a real conversation with your child about how the holidays are not really about the presents they get underneath the tree. This is #mundanegratitude.
Every day in December we will be sharing a less than picture perfect situation on our Instagram and asking the question, can you still be grateful? At the end of every week, we will share a roundup of all of those posts here, and explore what we think the silver lining of those situations could be.
Practising #mundanegratitude is a way to recognize the good in your life, even when your day kicks your butt. Use #mundanegratitude to join our challenge on Instagram, we want to see what you are grateful for day to day!
Til next time Practical Yogis,