I woke up today... let's start with that sentence: I woke up today.... and for that I am grateful. I can't tell you how many days I've woken up grumpy for whatever reason. But not today, today I woke up feeling grateful, thankful, and happy.
What was different about today than any other morning? Well probably the fact that I didn't have to wake up at 4am haha.
On a more serious note this morning I realized that I should ALWAYS aim to wake up grateful, thankful, and happy.. for the simple fact that
I WOKE UP,
I am ALIVE,
I am HEALTHY,
I am .. HERE,
I have a purpose.
Also, it's also safe to say that the holidays usually bring the best in others. Let's not forget the best part of it all........ the Christmas Lights surrounding the cities and !!!!CHRISTMAS MUSIC!!!!!!
Growing up every Thanksgiving dinner my mom would force our family to go around the table and say something that we were thankful for. I remember always being so annoyed by this. I'd always say some dumb thing like "I'm thankful for my phone" ... now I realize just how important giving thanks is and not just on the holidays but everyday.
Not everyone is as blessed as I was to grow up in a loving huge hispanic family.
I didn't grow up rich but I grew up rich in values/morals ... and I have my parents to thank for that.
Last year I was a bit sentimental about not being able to spend the holidays with my family but I was lucky enough to have my adoptive Minnesota family take me in their home (P.S. Miss you Angie). This year I was lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving *working* in a city that my family lives in so I got the best of both worlds; holiday pay and a fun family meal.
Being a Flight Attendant has made me appreciate family/friend time sooo much more. The little things that didn't matter before make all the difference now.
If I could travel back in time I'd tell baby Alondra to appreciate being able to spend the holidays at home with mom and dad... because things change. But theirs no time machine ... time only moves forward ... and it goes by FAST.. so instead I'm telling simi-adult Alondra to live in the now and appreciate the little and big moments. The sad and the happy days... and to be grateful no matter what.
I pride myself in having an amazing immune system ... I only get sick once a year. Unfortunately, that once a year sickness happened right after Thanksgiving and boy did it hit me HARD. To top it off... I still showed up to work (voiceless and all). Why do I bring this up?
Well because it is only when we are sick that we realize just how important our health is. It's truly a blessing to have good health. Not everyone is that lucky.
What's my point here? I'm not sure... I am just so freakin' grateful that I am healthy and that my family is healthy, because without health we have nothing.
If you find yourself constantly waking up grumpy... just:
Open your eyes and be grateful that you can see.
Play some Christmas music and be grateful you can hear.
Go to McDonald's and order some French Fries and be grateful that you can smell.
Hug your mom and be grateful that you can touch!
It's the little things.
Be grateful about the little things and big things will come.
Also, I failed miserably at not having social media. New post about that will come soon after this one.
In the meantime .... THANKU for reading.
I am GRATEFUL for you.
I know I've said the word "grateful" about a million times on this post. But that is truly how I feel. Blame the holidays, blame my Christmas music... or just blame the fact that I choose to be happy. I hope you're out somewhere feeling just as I do or even BETTER.
Tis the season of love and happiness.
PS. I cannot believe 2018 is almost over!!!!!