Gratitude Reminder

Dear Holly,

Life is incredibly good right now. Savor it.

For instance, last night you slept 10 uninterrupted hours in a row because you were tired. Life is free like that – when you are tired, you sleep. When you are hungry, you cook something delicious. When there are errands to be run, you hop in the car and make that To-Do List your bitch. Weekends are easy, weeknights hold a multitude of opportunities — enjoy this, because right now your life is your own, and that freedom is a gift.

Give yourself a pat on the back – you have lost 80 lbs, girl! While it seems easier to focus on what you have left to lose, seriously take a minute and wrap your brain around your accomplishments. You are stronger than you have ever been, weigh less than you have in the last decade, and feel like nothing is beyond your reach. Enjoy your confidence in your abilities.  Appreciate the pride you have in your body.  Even though it isn’t perfect (and probably never will be, so quit seeking that while we’re at it) you have earned it!  Each muscle is a testament, every bruise has a story to tell.  You have found a way of eating and a fitness program that has completely relieved your life of diet and exercise noise. And on top of that, it has been a success! Some people struggle with this their whole lives, be grateful you have made peace with this at 32.  You have the rest of your life to get to the perfect weight/size/skill level – it is not a race. Don’t forget to enjoy the process and keep up the good work.

Speaking of enjoying the process, you are in the healthiest and best relationship of your life. Remember when you were young and single and felt like you would never find that person who perfectly shared your offbeat sense of humor, yet was also adorable, responsible, and totally up for any adventure? Remember the nights in your early 20s, mid 20s, and even in your late 20s when you thought — Will I ever find someone AT ALL???  Well you found him. The Relationship Holy Grail, Holly, now sleeps beside you every night. When you remind yourself of how much you wanted this, and relive the work it took to get you where you are now, let your feelings of gratitude be overwhelming. The next time he forgets to pick up the meat share or adds paprika to the crock pot instead of chili powder, or wants to explain to you every specific nuance about how to drive your car – choose to laugh about it instead of getting frustrated. And the next time someone gives you a hard time about not being married yet, remember that you are not under any obligation to follow someone else’s timeline. Married or not, you are luckier than ever to have this kind of love.

Also remember to love your job. Yes the job that seems to start just a little bit too early each day. The one that requires you sit at a desk in a cubicle during some of the most beautiful days of summer?  Yep, that’s the one. Love that job.  Remember that this is the job that is supporting both you and Garrett in a very comfortable manner. It wasn’t that long ago that you were stressfully living paycheck to paycheck and crying over credit card bills and wondering how you would ever make it as a functioning adult. Remember those days? I know you do because it was only 5 or 6 years ago, you can’t already be that senile. That is so far from the reality of your daily life now it is laughable, and for that, say thank you. So what if you are not doing EXACTLY what you want to be doing, when you want to be doing it. You have realized by now that if you really want something, you have the skills to make it happen. So if that’s the problem, then MAKE IT HAPPEN. But in the meantime, don’t mope about your current opportunities. Remember what a fabulous opportunity you are cultivating RIGHT NOW in that cubicle, no matter how small it is. Someone, somewhere would love that opportunity and for now, it’s sitting right there in the palm of your hand — so care for it. Don’t be a jerk about it.

Enjoy your family, because they will not always live nearby. Remember those days of living in LA and having to hop on a plane to hang out with your mom? Well now on a whim you can A to Z every aisle of Target with her, and you know there is no better shopping enabler.  You can BBQ with your family, or watch your baby cousin learn to crawl, or have a fun night out that doesn’t involve getting super dressed up because when you hang out with good friends the dress code is always comfy. And you can do all of this with relatively little scheming because everyone is right there in your backyard. Yes, someday you may want to live somewhere that is a little more exotic than Sacramento, CA. But for now, you have a wealth of love right in your backyard. Appreciate the fact you’re your current zip code means that loneliness is never a defining emotion in your life, and this is a gift you have wished for in the past.

These are awesome times and life is good. Things will always change – some will get better and some will get worse — but right now, make sure to acknowledge that you are lucky. And if you remember only one thing from this letter, please remember that.



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10 comments to Gratitude Reminder

  • Kristin
    June 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Good letter! We all need to do that once in awhile. It's really hard to not always be wishing for something new or better or just different from what you have now. I love that you can appreciate where you are (maybe because it sounds pretty good!).

    When my husband and I were first married our lives sounded a lot like yours does. And we were happy, and knew it, but at the same time I felt unsatisfied because there were a number of things that I wanted, like children and a better job and a bigger house. Now, five years later, we have those things and all I want is to sleep through the night, uninterrupted! Just one time! One time in five years! So, you know, be thankful for what you have.:)

  • Kristin
    June 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Or careful for what you wish for!

  • Amy --- Just A Titch
    June 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I love this.

  • Heather R
    June 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    This made me tear up a bit. You really do have so much to be thankful for and it reminded me of a few things I take for granted. I can really relate to the part about living pay check to pay check and credit card bills….I was there 7 or 8 years ago!! I also remember the days(pre-kids)of sleeping as long as I wanted and doing what I wanted, when I wanted. We loved spontaneous trips to Home Depot and Target!! Oh, those were good times!! I didn't appreciate them at all while I had them….so live it up!!! But I also love love LOVE having kids. Enough that it was completely worth it to give that all up. I will try and remember how lucky I am even when I am awake at the crack of dawn on a Saturday!!

  • Erica
    June 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Great post and great idea.

  • Calves
    June 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    This is great Holly! It made me a little teary, too! Good for you taking the time to count your blessings! Thank you for posting it. I should do this.

  • Kate
    June 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This is such a great post — it really resonates with me in a lot of ways, especially the way my health, job situation, and life in general have improved over the past few years. It's nice to pause for a minute and just appreciate all of that.

  • Jessica
    June 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    This is beautifully written. I have a feeling I'll be coming back to it and rereading whenever I need a reminder.

  • Rosiecat
    July 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    This is beautiful. To love who, where, and what you are right now–that is a gift. Cheers to gratitude!

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