My challenge started late but…
This is my first day of my gratitude challenge.
1) I’m grateful for “A toddlers intensity!
Do you have one (a toddlers intensity), or would you even choose to live life with a toddlers intensity?
Just what is this “toddlers intensity” you ask?
It’s not just bottled and concentrated toddlers energy, purchased at some convenient store for the consumption of weak and tired adults to then drink down. But it is an inessential ingredient in finding happiness.
Parents that protect their children are often having to limit them from the unknown. All sorts of dangers, pit falls, even evil human traps. But as adults we tend to limit ourselves with negative thinking–something that seems to be absent from a toddlers mindset. For the toddler, we can call it under development of the mind, a lack of experiences / wisdom. But for toddlers the learning curve is just enthusiastically intense. So should it be for adults as well. It’s all in the focus used.
Today on my second day of vacation I went to Torrey Pines just outside of San Diego, CA. On previous vacations we seemed to always find our way to the tourist trap destinations. Costing plenty of money, or the wasting of vacation time waiting in traffic, long lines, or fighting crowds. Where is the rest or the relaxation in that? Not that those things aren’t also fun to do on part of any vacation, just not all of it.
Torrey Pines lays right up against the Pacific ocean. It has plenty of surf, sun, waves, sand, and hiking trails leading to the greatest of views, and overlooks, not to mention a world class golf corse. You might have seen it on TV?
The enormity of nature can cause us all too easily to feel small, and unimportant, or insignificant. It is easier to focus on all sorts of negative things in or around our lives, losing our balance, our place. Thoughts like this often just makes making an effort sort-a impossible, impossible to dream net alone searching for or finding those small hopes we call dreams. We lose sight of our surroundings, we lose sight of solutions to our problems, solutions so often right there on the same pathway in front of us.
The art of feeling grateful, requires using a toddlers intensity. The ability to except the place where you are, explore where you want to go, to wonder about everything while using speculative curiously about those places just out of reach. Its your life, own it all! Because nobody is going to drop off happiness at your door, while your busy burning the house down!
No matter what’s going on in your life remind yourself ( daily if you must) “When one door closes another opens.” It’s been said, it’s not the time to accept the things we can not change, but it is time to change the things we can not accept!
Gratitude isn’t about avoiding negatives in order to achieve happiness, but excepting that there will always be negatives, so deal with them positively, and responsibly. We can Blame roses for having thorns making it hard to smell them without also getting your fingers stuck; or we can be grateful that sticker bushes with thorns have beautiful roses on them so we can enjoy them.
Enjoy every part of life big or small with your toddlers intensity, because being alive is amazing!
The journey is the destination!
All the best.
Thanks Aminelle Nali for this challenge.
Everyone else if you would like to join this challenge here’s how.
The gratitude challenge is a a challenge where you simply publish one post per day entitled ‘gratitude challenge : day #…’
and you post something/s that you are grateful for based on the number day it is. For example if it is day 1 you post one thing you are grateful for, if it is day 2, you post two things you are grateful for. This is a great way to end your day because you are ending it on a positive note and it is also a great way to spread a bit of positivity, cheer, gratitude, and even happiness.
So take part in the gratitude challenge from today and you can post the link to this blog in your post and we will reblog your post!! Love y’all 😀 😀