Just Breathe

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There’s something I’ve been really digging lately that makes my soul smile. I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on social media lately either declaring or asking others to share what they are grateful for, which to put simply, we need more of in this world.

Taking the time to think and reflect on the things we are grateful for not only creates grace, but instills a sense of peace within us. Our world is always so focused on the hustle and bustle that we often let our breath become a matter of instinct instead of something we value. That breath is more than just instinct. It is what gives us purpose, inspiration, and most importantly, life itself.

I have recently been very guilty of getting caught up in ignoring my breath, but after seeing all of these beautiful posts from friends and strangers alike, I was inspired to remember that breath and that spark within.

No surprise to me or anyone who knows me, a roadtrip to Algonquin Park this past weekend was just the ticket. I’ve totally talked about how much I love this place at great length before, but to see it in full autumn bloom was absolutely breathtaking (no pun intended). Like stop dead in your tracks breathtaking. So as I stood enjoying the beauty all around me with the sunshine on my face, I began to connect with what I am grateful for.

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As I sat there reflecting, I of course thought of the obvious things like family, good health, a roof over my head and food on my table, but the one thing I am most grateful for at this moment in time is change, and it’s kind of hard not to be grateful for it as the seasons are literally changing right before my eyes, but maybe that was the inspiration behind the truth.

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Change comes in many shapes and forms. I am most grateful for the growth that comes from change, and while I am constantly learning and will forever be flawed, I love the fact that I have the power to change my thoughts, goals, direction, and even my behaviour to become a better person. This isn’t to say that I think I am a bad person, but I truly believe there is always room to discover something new about yourself, and to continue to develop into something greater. Something that builds on the existing greatness within.

Change pushes me to see the positive in everything. Caterpillars transform from little chubby insects into intricately beautiful butterflies. The cutest of swan ducklings changes into one of the animal kingdom’s most magnificent creatures, and autumn’s colours illustrate that there is even beauty in death. Make no mistake, as mothers everywhere have been professing for years, “change is good.”

Change forces us to be brave, to be brutally honest with ourselves, to dig deep, and to take risks. As I sit here writing this, I am thinking of all of the things that have changed while I have been on this journey, and I am thinking of all the things I would like to change moving forward, but the truth is, that in this moment, I wouldn’t change a thing because in this moment, I am grateful for finding my breath again and appreciating all of the change that has transformed me into the person I am today.

Yours swiftly,

Alex

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