You know how they say that you are measured not by how you react to success but it's how you react to challenges or failures? I'll be the first to admit, I'm not one who exhibits qualities of grace and gratitude that easily. More often than not, when something "bad" happens to me, I'll moan and tell you how I'm the victim. Sometimes I don't, sometimes I will listen to that particular piece of information, let it wash over me and then move on with my day and trust that all will be well.
I was faced with a situation today. A situation that arose due to my passport's colour and the visa restrictions it faces from countries around the world. Some of my plans are potentially ruined and that part of my salary I was hoping to spend dining out and shopping may have to be allocated to something else less glamourous. But I am so thankful that today I didn't lose my head. I didn't cry or feel sorry for myself. I planned some things to try and reverse the situation (because you can't give up without a fight!) and made some calculations, but other than that, I went to the gym, washed my hair and here I am writing an overdue blog post. I didn't feel sad because, not only do I know that what's meant to be will be and when what will be will be the best for me, but also because I am so incredibly privileged and lucky to be able to have done everything I have despite my little passport. I thought of people who only dream of leaving their home town and remembered how thankful I am for all that I have done in this life.
And I know this doesn't make me a saint and in fact, bragging about it makes it quite the opposite, but I am so happy that I had the grace to be grateful for my life. It's something I have not done in a while, and this is the Universe's way of sending me a gentle reminder.
I hope all of you have had a wonderful start to your week and being more grateful than me without the drama involved!