There is a documentary kind of show on Netflix right now called Chef’s Table.
I LOVE it. So much so that I am willing to read a whole episode through subtitles. Many of the Chefs don’t speak English.
I love it because what they can do with food is mind blowing, but what I love the most is the passion they have for what they do. Many of their stories are of triumph over the circumstances of their birthplace, culture, gender or all three.
I watched a particular one yesterday about Cristina Martinez. She runs a little Barbacoa shop in Philadelphia. Her story gave me a lump in my throat more than once. The most amazing thing about her though, was her happiness and gratitude. She has had a life that many of us would have let beat us, but she is still going strong and giving what she has to her community. She fights for her people. She was such a reminder to me of all that I have and how ungrateful I am sometimes.
We live in a tiny house but we have a lot of land for the community we live in. It was a trade off for us. The plan was always to add on but life had other plans and that wasn’t something we could do. I have found myself in a couple of really nice big houses the last few weeks and it had me feeling a little sorry for myself…I know, first world problems. I am embarrassed really to even admit it. I’m just using it as an example of what I am talking about. I have a warm, safe, cozy, shelter for my family. We have so much here on this little piece of land how could I ever feel like it wasn’t enough?! People live in far worse conditions that I could never dream of living in. I have been privileged to be born where I was born, to who I was born to. I have been so lucky to have a husband who loves me and is able to provide a home for our family. There are a million things that I can be grateful for. Wishing for a bigger house just seems so silly when I think of them. I have to remind myself often to be grateful, why is that I wonder? Human nature?
My goal with this is not to preach, but to motivate you. Look at all you have today and then think of those who don’t have safety, security, shelter, food. I will guarantee you that you definitely have SOMETHING to be grateful for. I read a book a few years ago called, 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and it changed the way I look at all the things around me. It’s a beautiful study in mindfulness. I learned to be grateful for the smallest of things. A beautiful sky, my dog snoring while she is curled up with me, my daughter’s laugh, my husband’s smile. All the things that I can take for granted so easily.
I challenge you to make a list this week. Keep track of all the little things in your life to be grateful for. I know it’s a little early for Thanksgiving in the states, but it’s Thanksgiving for our Canadian friends today. We can join them. 🙂