Some friends and I spent several hours this past Sunday at our friend Lynn's home. On her mantle she had two decorative plaques, each containing one word. One was "simplify" and the other was "blessings."
Lynn explained that she put them together because she noticed that it's when she simplifies her life and her surroundings that she is far more aware of her blessings. Yes!
Lynn always has such profound insights. That one really resonated—in so many ways. When my life is chaotic and too full of activities and tasks, I don't pause to reflect on my blessings. And when I don't do that, I don't even see many of them that are there every day. When my head is full of inner voices—many of which no longer belong there or really never did (you're not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, rich enough; you really screwed up there; who do you think you are; and many more)—I most definitely am not noticing all the blessings in my life. When I'm surrounded by too many belongings and too much "stuff," my attention goes to care and maintenance of that—and I don't focus on my blessings either.
What a good reminder: Simplify. Get rid of some of the stuff around you and some of the activities or tasks that aren't really necessary. Let go of internal voices that stop you from being the beautiful soul you were meant to be. And notice. Notice all the blessings and gifts in your life. Be thankful for them.
I know I'm going to think about Lynn's reflection and see what it means for my life. Starting today!