“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” – Agatha Christie
Being at home a LOT more than normal lately has let me experience things differently, so here are some small things I have noticed:
- The birds! They sing and chirp so much! I never hear noises at the office since we are in a taller building that doesn’t have windows that open. I also don’t have a window near my desk, so hearing birds is a nice change!
- Dishes…*sigh*…I forgot how quickly dishes accumulate when having all meals at home. Normally, I typically would not eat breakfast, then would have lunch at work and dinner either at home or out at a restaurant, so I would do dishes something like every 3-4 days, depending, but now it’s just an every day thing!
– I am SO grateful to have food to cook and eat, in which to accumulate dirty dishes. Thankful for the water to wash them and a home to eat them in.
- I move SO much less. I THOUGHT I didn’t get much activity at work (in a desk/office environment) … boy was I wrong lol! In my tiny (less than 600 sq ft) apartment, I get next to nothing unless I work out or go for a walk.
– I am grateful for a body that moves and works in ways that allow me to take care of myself and move of my own free will.
- Sunshine is important. I’ve never been one to lay on the beach much and just “tan” for the sake of it – but without going outside as much now, I do relish the moments of sunshine that I do get.
- I am now, more than ever, grateful that I had implemented the habit/practice of setting specific spaces in my life for specific functions. I wrote about it in my Success by design post, but by having dedicated space where I do specific actions, such as I only sleep in my bed, I have “fun” or “relaxing” time on my couch, my table serves as my area for eating, having phone/video calls or journaling, and my desk is where I perform my job. Even though I have a small home I am FAR less mentally fatigued than I know I would be otherwise and my body/mind aren’t constantly “confused” by what I need to accomplish, because I am in the right “space” to function.
What have you noticed differently, or more, since times have changed? How can you flip the complaints into statements of gratitude?